Following the recent assassination attempt by some yet to be identified elements on the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Obong Nsima Ekere, a non governmental organization in Nigeria, the Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction (NAPPDRR) in Nigeria, has petitioned the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi.
The NGO, in a petition dated October 5, 2018, signed by its National President, Al Mustapha Emem Edoho and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, the group suggested some journalists in Uyo the police authorities should question for more information on the ugly incident.
The letter reads in part, “based on some reports in the current edition of some newspapers, we wish to suggest to the police authorities to question some journalists in Uyo on the information they might have on the bullet that was fired into the bedroom of Obong Nsima Ekere on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
“the following journalists seem to possess some vital information that may help the police in their investigations: Mr Emmanuel Sam, Publisher of Weekend Guide newspaper, dated Monday, 8th October 2018 which carried in its front cover banner headline, ‘APC, Nsima Lied over Assassination Attempt’.
“on page 10 of the newspaper, the writer (Mr Emmanuel Sam) writes that the shot fired into Mr Ekere’s bedroom is ‘a premeditated plot to create tension in the State ahead of the 2019 general elections, so that they can use the security situation to post out the Commissioner of Police and the State Director of State Security Service for their preferred officers to be deployed to Akwa Ibom State’. The rest of the story contains useful tips that could help the police in their investigations”.
The NAPPDRR also fingered one Mr Christopher Effiong of The Anchor Express newspaper, dated Friday, October 5.
According to NAPPDRR, “this newspaper is reporting that a certain aide of Obong Nsima Ekere has confessed that Mr Ekere was only raising false alarm, and that no bullet was fired into his bedroom”.
The NGO however, request that the Commissioner of Police should ask the editor of The Anchor Express newspaper to name the aide so that he or she may provide more information to assist the police in its investigations.
While expressing hope that the reports of the two newspapers could be of help to the police in their investigations into the Ekere’s assassination attempt, the NGO also maintained that in performing their duties, journalists could also help the security authorities to do their work.