Thugs Paraded by the Police in Akwa Ibom State

The Police Command in Akwa-Ibom State on Monday paraded about 63 political thugs, and 10 others, who were suspected to be connected with pre-election violence in Obot Akara Local Government Area of the state.

It would be recalled that two persons were reportedly killed and 13 vehicles burnt in the incident that occurred last Saturday. Items recovered from them included a locally-made gun, 25 live cartridges, two machetes, charms, a knife, phones, human hair, two
axes and Permanent Voter Cards were some of the items recovered from the suspects.
Parading the suspects at a press briefing held at the command’s headquarters in Uyo, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, said 41 of them, who claimed to be election observers, were arrested on Friday, February 15, 2019, in a hotel in Uyo.
The Thugs with Police Men
Some of the suspects were reported to have been hired from Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo States. He said the suspects could not produce identity cards issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission or properly identify themselves.
Makama, who was represented at the briefing by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko MacDon, said 20 other suspects were arrested on the same day at the Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state.
He said the suspects were allegedly brought in from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by one Uduak Dick, on the pretext of attending the burial ceremony of a Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army, Udo Essien.
He said, “The command, on February 12, also killed two suspected killers of one Anthony Ikechuwu, a pharmacist, who was shot dead by hoodlums at the St. Michael Primary School, Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Makama used the occasion to warn politicians in the state to play by the rules and advise their supporters to conduct themselves or risk arrest by the police.
One of the 41 suspects, Okoroda Ken, from Bayelsa State, said he and his colleagues were arrested at the Angellyne Hotel around 3 am on February 15, adding that they had yet to reach their coordinator, who lodged them in the hotel.
”We all submitted our passports to the Society for the Advancement of Credible Leadership and Observation. “This organisation is registered with and credited by INEC. Since we
submitted our passports, we were told our names were submitted to INEC and that we would likely monitor the elections in Uyo”.