#EndSARS: Akpabio Warns Against Reprisal Over Attack On A’Ibom APC Office

#EndSARS: Akpabio Warns Against Reprisal Over Attack On A’Ibom APC Office

INIOBONG SUNDAY, UYO

Apparently worried that the attack on the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital in the wake of widespread protests against Police brutality in Nigeria may have been politically-motivated, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio and other chieftains of the party have condemned the action.

Akpabio, accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang; the Director in-charge of Finance and Administration at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other APC chieftains including the Acting State Chairman, Dr. Ita Udosen, inspected the complex at the weekend and took stock of facilities damaged and looted by the rampaging hoodlums.

The hoodlums, who hijacked the peaceful protests, had launched arson attacks on the party secretariat along Ikot Ekpene road and other offices including banks as the killing of a protester allegedly by an official of the Uyo office of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) took a violent turn.

According to the state’s APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, “the attackers had shattered the front glass door at the main entrance and the iron barricade before entering the facility”.

Several files, computers and other official facilities, he disclosed, were carted away by the criminals, forcing a shocked State APC Secretary, Mr. Austin Ekanem, to observe: “This is a selected target; it couldn’t have been a random attack”.

However, Akpabio, who also observed bullets holes on the wall, warned against any reprisal and commended party stakeholders and the youths wing for their calm disposition in the face of such unprovoked assault on the opposition’s party office.

Specifically, the Minister charged the APC youths caucus led by Comrade Stephen Udo Ntukekpo, to remain steadfast and avoid being drawn into the problem.

“Let me commend the APC youths for not being too provoked to retaliate the damage done to their party’s office”, Akpabio said and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for acceding to the demands of the protesters.

“Across the nation, the damage is very extensive and the loss of lives is colossal”, Akpabio lamented and called for cessation of hostilities, noting that “any crisis in the Niger Delta affects the national economy negatively”. In the same vein, Senator Enang and the Acting state Chairman, Dr. Udosen, decried the action and announced cash donations for immediate palliative work on the damaged areas of the secretariat as well as replacement of the stolen items.  


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