Saturday, 26 March 2022

Hoodlums Attack Legislative Aspirant in Akpabuyo, Cart-Away Over N5m, Phone, others

Asuquo Cletus Felix | 26th March 2022

A Frontline aspirant, who seeks to represent Calabar South, Akpabuyo and Bakassi federal constituency at the green chambers of the national assembly, Lady Emana Duke Ambrose-Amawhe under the People's Democratic Party, was yesterday attacked by machetes welding hoodlums while consulting her party leadership in Akpabuyo.

Our correspondents gathered that the aspirant went to consult her party at the party secretariat in Ikot Ene, Akpabuyo Local Government Area Cross River State, when armed thugs, welding cutlasses, sticks and other harmful tools invaded the meeting venue carted away with over 5 million naira, iPhone, and several other valuables belonging to the National Assembly hopeful. 

In a statement issued by the Director-General of the Campaign Organisation, Mr Francis Etang described the incident as a calculated and deliberate attempt to scare the renowned broadcast journalist out of the race by her political opponent seeing that Emana's campaign is enjoying teeming support from political heavyweights in the constituency. 

He, therefore, advised supporters to remain calm and resolute as the Principal is not shaken by the act.

Umoh Okon Identified as leader of the squad
was also at the event where he gave a speech 

His statement reads in parts:

"...From all indications the attack seems targeted and seemingly sponsored by politicians who are scared of Emana's rising profile and acceptability by the good people of Akpabuyo, Bakassi and Calabar South.

Dear New Dawn Team, our supporters and well-wishers, we remain committed, resolute and emboldened towards the actualisation of the NEW DAWN Project. Our principal is out of danger and with a strong spirit.

We can never be intimidated and Emana Ambrose-Amawhe will not be stampeded out of the race.

The hoodlum who invaded the party secretariat with guns, machetes and Jack knives carted were not masked. They came with a shortlist of who they came to attack most especially Emana, the DG, Abega and Hon. Edem Ene Ironbar who escaped several machetes attack by shielding himself with rubber chairs.

Emana Duke Addressing stakeholders during the event

However, the good news is, we have recovered some vital personal effect they carted away." The statement reads. 

Kindly remain calm as we will unravel the faces behind this show of shame. God bless you all for the steadfastness and support.

Earlier, TDN gathered that the hoodlums have been identified as most of them are core loyalists of a current National Assembly member in the state.
The names and Identities of some of the hoodlums identified are; Umoh Okon, who is said to be the leader of the squad, Okon Ediye aka Affia Ekpo of Ekpene Ikot Eyo, Eyo Maurice Eyo Edem of Ikot Eyo, Orok Bassey.