Elders and professionals from Etim Ekpo Local Government Area has raised the alarm over plot by some persons led by a House of Assembly member hopeful Mr. Mfon Idung to blackmail DIG Udom Ekpoudom, rtd.
In a brief chat with THE INK reporter in Uyo, some of the Elders said that Mfon Idung is venting his frustration of being rejected by his kinsmen of Uruk Eshiet Community on Ekpoudom whom he feels is not supporting his AKHA ambition.
It was gathered that when some youths alleged to be sponsored by Mfon Idung waylaid and attacked one Etidu Ukpong who happens to come from the same community with Mfon Idung, the victim had promptly reported the matter to the police who had swung into action and effected some arrests.
Idung whom our reporter learnt is the one bankrolling the security crises in Uruk Eshiet community for his selfish interest had hurriedly consulted a lawyer and file charges against Ekpoudom.
Sources within Etim Ekpo informed our newsdesk that Mfon Idung is being clever by half and feels he can use the court to blackmail the Distinguished Etim Ekpo retired police Don.
A copy of the court summons obtained by THE INK reporter shows that Mfon Idung and nine others including, Mfon Michael Urom, Otobong Daniel Udo, Ubong Sunday Harry, Ukpono Sunday Harry, Isong Uduak Effiong, Edidiong Udo Akpan, Aniekan Udoama, Anamuduak Akada and Saviour Sunday Smith are suing as applicants and DIG .Udom Ekpoudom, Etidu Ukpong, Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State and Mr. Nkwere, DPO, Ikot Eboh Division, Etim Ekpo LGA as respondents.
The first court sitting is billed for Monday 26th March, 2018 and shall be holding at High Court of Akwa Ibom State in the Abak Judicial Division.
Mfon Idung and nine others are claiming amongst other things against fundamental Human rights.
But Etim Ekpo professionals and stakeholders say, it is obtuse and selfish for Mfon Idung to blackmail Ekpoudom using the court simply because the retired Police Chief does not seem to back his AKHA ambition.
Some elders who spoke to our reporter said, some boys working for Mfon Idung held Etidu Ukpong who is against Mfon Idung’s ambition and mercilessly attacked him. The victim went and reported the matter to the Police who carried out some arrest, how then does it concern Ekpoudom who they said have always been a law abiding citizen. Is it all because of politics, he queried?
They maintained that if Idung wants to go to the House of Assembly come 2019, he should concentrate on his plans and strategy rather than look for a scapegoat as using the court to blackmail Ekpoudom and others will do him no good.
Some Elders maintained that the said victim Etidu Ukpong comes from the village were Mfon Idung comes from and that Etidu knows why Mfon Idung is not the best for the people of Etim Ekpo state constituency.
When our reporter called DIG Ekpoudom, he said as at the time the said Etidu Ukpong was attacked and the attackers arrested, that he was in the US. He added also that he is aware of the court processes and that he will communicate with his lawyers and appropriate legal responses will be given.
The Chambers of the Attorney General and commissioner for Justice in the state Uwemedimo Nwoko is to handle the case for Mfon Idung and his colleagues.