Se­cu­rity Op­er­a­tives In­vade Abuja Home of Ak­pabio’s Aide

EFCC de­nies raid­ing Shet­tima’s res­i­dence

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Paul Obi

Se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives yes­ter­day in­vaded the Abuja home of Mary Ekpeny­ong, an aide to the Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader, and for­mer Gov­er­nor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Ak­pabio.

The op­er­a­tives, be­lieved to be from the Depart­ment of State Ser­vices (DSS), raided Ekpeny­ong’s home for undis­closed rea­sons.

A pri­vate se­cu­rity man guard­ing the com­pound lo­cated in the Jabi Dis­trict, said the armed men forcibly gained ac­cess to the house us­ing metal equip­ment.

“Six armed per­sons came to the com­pound and ask for Madam and I told them the family trav­elled to Akwa Ibom State.

“When I asked them to iden­tify them­selves, they shouted at me to shut up. One of them asked me to pro­duce the keys to the house and threat­ened to deal with me if I don’t oblige them.

“They told me they came to find the stock­pile of arms and money hid­den in the com­pound by the Ak­pabio.

“Since I couldn’t pro­duce the keys, they brought out some equip­ment and forced the doors open and ran­sacked all the rooms,” the se­cu­rity man said.

The move ac­cord­ing to sources is an­other strat­egy to get at top hi­er­ar­chy of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) since the vic­tory of the party at the Supreme Court.

Head of Me­dia and In­for­ma­tion, Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Wil­son Uwu­jaren, de­nied any knowl­edge of the raid.

Mean­while, EFCC also dis­missed news and pho­tos be­ing cir­cu­lated in the so­cial me­dia al­leg­ing that the com­mis­sion had raided a res­i­dence of Borno Gov­er­nor, Kashim Shet­tima, dis­cov­er­ing a huge sum of dol­lars.

Uwu­jaren ex­plained that there was no iota of truth about the pho­tos, adding: “we are not aware of any­thing like that.”

Also speak­ing, the me­dia aide to Shet­tima, Isa Gusau, said: “The pic­tures be­ing cir­cu­lated were ob­tained from the in­ter­net in or­der to tar­nish the gov­er­nor’s im­age.

“It is just a con­tin­u­a­tion of se­ries of mis­chief be­ing planted by some evil politi­cians to dis­credit Shet­tima. This is the sev­enth mis­chief in two weeks.

“They started with an al­leged phone call with Gov­er­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun, came with dif­fer­ent press con­fer­ences including one on work­ers ver­i­fi­ca­tion and then the lat­est.

“I am sure they will con­tinue till the 2019 elec­tions are over but they should know that even Boko Haram couldn’t dis­tract Gov­er­nor Shet­tima” Gusau stated.

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