Women waylay Akpabio on account of kidnap

It was a drama as reported in the Daily Sun of Monday August 23,
2010: Hundreds of women of Onna Local Government of Akwa Ibom
State led by the wife of the paramount ruler of Onna, Obonganwan
Patience Ukpa, stormed the Governor’s Lodge in Uyo Sunday August
22, 2010. Their mission was to request Governor Akpabio to ensure
the release of the Chairman of Onna Local Government, Deaconness
Mrs. Owodighe Ekpoattai, who was kidnapped on Thursday August 19,
2010 on her way to Uyo after stakeholders meeting in Abat, the
headquarters of the Local Government. In the kidnap saga a police
officer attached to the LGA chairman was killed.

The newspaper reported that the women got to the gate of the
Government House but the governor drove (out) pass immediately on
noticing them. He never stopped to know what the crowd was there for
but the women resolved to wait there till he returned. Meanwhile the
Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Mr. Walter Rugbere, in his
characteristic manner confirmed that some persons who he described
as ‘mere suspects’ have been arrested.

The newspaper recalled that this is the second Local Government
Chairman in the State to have been kidnapped. The first was Mr. Nse
Ntuen who happens to be of the Essien Udim, the governors home local
government area. Ntuen then regained his freedom and appreciated
the governor who he said (in the media) that he owed his release to. At
the time Ntuen mentioned that his abductors demanded N500million
ransom but did not know how much they were eventually settled with.
This probably must have prompted the Onna women reaching out to
governor Akpabio to enlist his support for the release of their own local
government chairperson.

But one thing is common in all the high profile kidnappings and political
assassinations that have been taking place in Akwa Ibom: None has
recorded arrest of real, actual kidnappers.

Samuel Okon Bassey: Goldie Street: CALABAR: Cross River State

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