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Akwa Ibom elders accuse NDDC, security agencies of complicity in electoral violence


Elders in Akwa Ibom State under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard has accused the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and security agencies of trying to protect perpetrators of violence during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections in the state.

The elders were concerned that those who allegedly killed, burnt police stations and stole over 2,000 permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) in Okobo and Uruan councils had not been disclosed, months after allegations.

Spokesperson of the group, Senator Anietie Okon, said during a press conference at De’Castle Hotel in Uyo yesterday that the NDDC was rather trying to rebuild destroyed property, to cover up the case.

The call, he said, has become necessary because months after the incident, the police authorities are yet to fish out the perpetrators of the crime, stressing that such could be dangerous for the country’s democracy.

The elder statesman alleged that officials of NDDC were carrying out repairs in the two affected stations in an attempt to cover up the crime.

His words: “It is worrisome that elements linked to a federal interventionist agency have promptly mobilised to repair the razed police stations in a desperate attempt to suppress justice and investigation into such dastardly executed criminality.

“One would expect the police to openly condemn, investigate and bring to book perpetrators of such crimes rather than open their arms to embrace criminal accomplices under the guise of interventionist agencies. This clandestine renovation stinks to high heavens.

“Fresh in our mind is the recent media reports of the carting away of 2,045 PVCs from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the same Okobo by these usual felons. This constitutes a huge threat to the credibility and smooth conduct of the upcoming elections in the country.”

Okon added that “allegations of culpability of the same suspects in the burning of the
police stations and killing of young Akwa Ibom men have yet again exposed the unholy relationship between law enforcement and federal agencies to the detriment of the constitution and the people.”

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