A’Ibom govt refutes allegation of sponsoring  violence; says YPP suffers from guilty conscience 

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JOE EFFIONG, UYO

Akwa Ibom State Government has refuted the allegation of sponsoring  violent protest as averred by the state chapter of Young Progressives Party (YPP), saying such has not been the trait in the past  seven and a half years of present administration.

The state government was reacting to allegations by the state Chairman of the YPP Campaign Council, Sir Emem Akpabio who had  issued a press statement, alleging   impending attack against the YPP by the state government..

But in a press release  signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong as made available to Daily Sun on Wednesday,  the State Government compared such alarm by the Young Democratic Party (YPP) “ to a murderer who is always afraid of someone walking behind him with a machete”.

Government recalled that it had, in its earlier statement  hinted Akwa Ibom citizens of a  planned unrest by politicians from opposition parties, without mentioning any of them.

The release therefore expressed shock that the YPP  would, without any mention jump on the issue.

“We had hinted that the planned unrest was sponsored by politicians from opposition parties, without mentioning any of them. But as usual, the guilty are always afraid. This attitude of self-identification is not strange

“We recall that in 2019, when the State Government criminalized cultism, their candidate, without any direct accusation, took it personal and went on to admit to being “a cultist…”

” This attitude of theirs is consistent with the age long African maxims that “old women are uncomfortable when dry bones are mentioned” and “a murderer is always afraid of someone walking behind him with a machete”.

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“Let us assure their party that in the more than seven and a half years of this administration, there has been no incident of state-sponsored violence, and therefore, the citizens and security operatives are well aware that this administration cannot stoop as low as that, rather they recall the prime actors and masterminds of the Ikot Ekpene massacre, where Senator John James Udoedeghe escaped by the whiskers and the assassination attempt on Senator Helen Esuene at Ukana, Essien Udim.

“We assure them that this administration will not bow to the forces of karma to serve them their meal in their plate. Even from the tone of their response, fair-minded persons will perceive their culpability and the very weak attempt by the guilty to feign innocence. Like a net entanglement, the harder they tried to free themselves, the more guilty they became.

“We therefore, reassure the entire citizens and residents of Akwa Ibom state that the State Government in partnership with security agents will continue to exercise their constitutional responsibility of ensuring the security of lives and property and whosoever in found culpable of any crime will be made to face the full wrath of the law, irrespective of the political party affiliation or status.”

It stressed that the prevailing peace in Akwa Ibom State must be sustained.

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