The transition Chairman of Ukanafun Local Government Council of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Abasiono Udomfu, and three others have been arrested by security operatives in the state over the alleged assassination of the secretary of the council, Mr. Ime Atakpa.
The two other suspects reportedly arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State were said to have made confessional statements to the police that Udomfu allegedly paid them the sum of N300,000 to eliminate the local government scribe for undisclosed reason.
Another suspected culprit, who is an aide to the chairman, Mr. Akaninyene Ibout, was also arrested last Wednesday, a day after the visit of the wife of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel, to inaugurate buildings erected for widows in the area on Tuesday.
It was learnt that the police intelligence who were in the area at the time they were making the statements, arrested Ibout on Wednesday.
He was said to have named the chairman and two other people of involvement in the alleged murder of the council secretary.
It was gathered that Udomfu had made attempts to bribe the policemen that arrested him, asking them not to disgrace him.
The two other people were said to have been arrested from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. They were said to have confessed to the police that Udomfu gave them N300,000 to kill the LG secretary.
The killing of late Atakpa, followed the worsening security breach in that part of the state in recent times, by hoodlums suspected to be political mercenaries of political stakeholders in the area.
Thekillerpunch.com recalls that, On April 16, 2017, four unidentified gunmen shot and killed Atakpa few days after swearing-in as secretary. He was said to have been shot when he was in his farm, an Integrated Farming scheme, which is a boys’ quarter in his house in Ukanafun on that date.
The Public Relations Officer in the state Police Command, Mr. Chukwu Ikechukwu, confirmed the arrest of the council boss and others.
He said: “Investigation is on and as soon as we conclude it, the matter will be charged to court.”