Monday, 5 June 2017

End of the Road for Godswill Akpabio, as Human Right Lawyer vows to Expose His Billion Dollars loot

 Human rights lawyer and public defender, Barrister Inibehe Effiong, yesterday insisted that the allegation that former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, allegedly embezzled the states funds during his tenure as governor is true and he is ready to defend it anytime need arises.

 Effiong stated this in response to a publication credited to Akpabio's media aid who threatened to sue him for libel over his facebook statement claiming that the Minority Leader in the red chambers and ex-governor of Akwa Ibom State embezzled state funds during his tenure as Akwa Ibom State Governor.

The human right lawyer says a libel suit by Akpabio against him will afford him the long awaited opportunity to expose the alleged embezzlement by the former governor - The lawyer states that Akwa Ibom people have been yearning for the day when Akpabio and his cohorts will render account of how they managed the state's resources from 2007 - 2015.

Barrister Effiong had earlier alleged that the funds stolen by the former governor was enough to fund the budget of neighbouring Ebonyi state for two decades. The lawyer had stood by his allegations, saying he was awaiting the lawsuit from Akpabio. 

In his words:

“My simple reaction to the threat by Akpabio is that a man who has no reputation cannot be heard to complain about defamation of character. Akpabio should be reminded that this is not the bloody era when he held Akwa Ibom state hostage as his personal fiefdom.

 "I am particularly pleased with the decision by the man who publicly confessed to rigging election to sue me for insisting that Akwa Ibom funds were stolen during his regime. I stand by that statement and I also reiterate that the stolen funds could have funded the budgets of Ebonyi State for the next two to three decades. 

“In the event that Akpabio decides to file a lawsuit, my 1st Defence Witness; If at all there would be anything to defend, would be no other person but Godswill Akpabio. I cannot wait to have Akpabio in the witness box for him to give evidence of how the resources of our people were stolen and looted," he said. 

“Let Akpabio hire 100 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) together with 1000 other lawyers, the truth will prevail in the end over criminal shenanigans and falsehood. Goliath was brought down, conquered, defeated and thoroughly disgraced by David. 

"Akpabio should be ashamed of himself. The blood of innocent sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom State who were ma!med and killed under his watch will continue to haunt him. 

The lawyer said whenever he receives the summons from the Court, he would go on his knees “and glorify God Almighty for hardening the heart of the Pharoah of Akwa Ibom State in order for him to jump into the red sea". 

With Barr. Effiong claiming to have such evidence against the erstwhile Governor one begins to wonder how the governor will survive this time having escaped several EFCC arrest and investigations.

Ukorebi Esien
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