- Governor Udom Emmanuel's aide has been reportedly arrested by men of Nigerian Army
- The aide, Captain Iniobong Ekong, was said to have been picked up by soldiers from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army
- The purported arrest was reported to be connected to the petition against Ekong by Senator Akpabio
Some soldiers have allegedly arrested the senior special assistant on security matters to the Akwa Ibom state governor, Emmanuel Udom.
Captain Iniobong Ekong (retired) was said to have been picked up by soldiers from the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, under the command of Major General Jamil Sarham.
Legit.ng gathered that Ekong was arrested over a purported petition written by Senator Akpabio on Friday, February 22, and is currently being held at an unknown location in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
While family members of the governor's are apprehensive, his wife in a telephone conversation said she has not heard from her husband for the past two days.
Also confirming the arrest, the commissioner for information, Akwa Ibom state, Charles Udoh, said Ekong was picked up at his residence in Uyo.
The governor's aide was subsequently taken to Port Harcourt for interrogation. Udoh, stating that the military had assured that it would have no role to play in the elections, said he wondered when it became the duty of the Army to investigate petitions, arrest and detain people
He queried: “When has it become the responsibility of the the Army to arrest and detain people.''
However, in his reaction, the Akwa Ibom state police spokesperson, Odiko MacDon, said the police was yet to receive such information.
He, however, promised to make necessary contacts and swing into investigations.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Rivers state police command had confirmed that a Nigerian Army lieutenant and two others were killed in the violence that rocked Abonnema in Akuku Torlu local government area of the state.
This was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the police spokesperson in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, on Saturday February 23.
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