Following the raging campaign of calumny in the social media against the state government by some uninformed individuals who claim to be human rights activists on the detention of Mr Odudu Ukpanah, the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio has advised
politicians not to politicise the issue.
Akpabio who gave the advice on Tuesday, during the inauguration of the governorship campaign council at the PDP secretariat in Uyo said it was not totally surprising that during political era such as this, politicians would use anything to condemn others just
to score cheap political goals.
He said this trend could be seen in the
sponsorship of some misguided individuals, claimed to be human rights group by politicians. He explained that what led to the arrest, detention and prosecution of Ukpanah was as a result of inconsistencies in his actions on the death of his father, Late Albert
The governor disclosed that Ukpanah had visited him two days before he was murdered to seek his support for the treatment of his wife who, according to the late Ukpanah was having a degree four cancer and needed N4million to be paid to the hospital for chemotherapy.
Akpabio said, moved with pity for Ukpanah who he never saw for a while before that Tuesday, he gave him N2million and instructed that he should come back on Thursday so that he would arrange for the woman to be flown abroad.
He further stated that on hearing that the man was murdered; he was sad and
personally paid a condolence visit on the
family where Odudu informed him that the late father on the fateful day had called him on phone to set three chairs outside for his expected visitors as he too was on his way back home.
Odudu, according to the governor had
arranged the chairs as directed by the father and also ushered in the visitors who he said left with the father outside and went inside to watch European Premier Leaque on DSTV.
The governor said what led to the
investigation of Odudu was when he came out to discover that the father was
assassinated, and in the pool of blood, he
neither raised alarm nor reported the matter to the police for four days.
He added that instead of reporting the matter to appropriate security agencies, Odudu had carefully washed the walls and the floor where the blood was splashed, deposited the corpse in a private morgue, broke into the
late father’s bedroom and smashed the car to gain access to search for documents.
He said it was the height of political blackmail to some politicians to now claim that it was his government that killed Ukpanah. He argued that Ukpanah has been his friend for a very long time and was not even going into political contest in the elections, there was no
need insinuating that his assassination was politically motivated.
The governor maintained that since Odudu has some explanations to make to the police and the court as a prime suspect, he would be freed and acquitted by the court if he is not found guilty.
Akpabio who decried the high rate of
homicide in the state said as at date over 116 cases were being investigated. He said there are so many recent decided cases of sons killing their fathers and spouses killing themselves in the state and that soon he will authorize the documents to be published to let the general public be in the know of the
current sad trend.
Akpabio said if his hand is in the murder of Ukpanah, God will also make people to
arrange for his assassination but if not, God will also bless him. He said if Odudu is involved in the murder of his father then God will also allow people to assassinate those who are calling for his release from detention.