“Former Senate minority leader and APC chieftain, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio and his co travellers including his brother, Mr. Ibanga Akpabio, Hon. Nse Ntuen, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, and Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Akpan are allegedly planning to bury fetish items ‘mbiam’ in Ikot Ekpene and Uyo Plazas, and other significant locations, starting tonight(yesterday night),” said Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement, AILM, through its information from its intelligence intercept.
This is contained in a statement by the group on Monday.
According to the statement, this will not be the first time the former governor has performed these acts.
The group cited a similar accusation on Premium Times against Senator Akpabio in 2017, wherein it said that a former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory, John Udoedehe, had alleged that the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, administered fetish oath to politicians in the state to extract absolute loyalty from them during his administration.
It said Mr. Udoedehe had made the allegation, Saturday, during a live radio interview on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo.
It quoted Mr. Udoedehe, also a former senator from the state, as saying, “None of those who are crossing over from PDP to the APC can challenge Akpabio. Akpabio is not like me. You must be under oath because he doesn’t trust anybody. There is no appointment, commissioner, secretary to the state government, governor, deputy governor, you must be on oath. You cannot escape that. You cannot challenge him.”
The group, in the recent statement claimed that “Since Godswill Akpabio took over power in 2007, he initiated the periodical burying of strange items at strategic locations around the state capital. Some of the places were Government House complex, all major junctions in Uyo metropolis, all prominent roundabouts including Ibom Plaza, Itam Peace Column, Water Fountain along Nwaniba Road, the Globe on Wellington Bassey Way and others.
It was gathered that Akpabio’s intention was to keep Ibibios disunited, attacking each other and docile towards him throughout his tenure in office.”
It claimed further saying, “Findings revealed that these events were not secret during Akpabio’s era as local newspapers and some prominent men of God often exposed them. These perhaps prompted some powerful men of God in the state to organize church programmes where they decisively exorcise the demons invoked into those places.
“The leaked intelligence further reveals that Akpabio and his men, having realized that after failing woefully in the 2019 election couple with their current woes at the tribunal, they face political oblivion if they do not act fast.
‘Akpabio is currently poaching some Ibibio politicians and believes when he reactivates the ‘juju’ crises will ensue among Ibibio people which will cause many to run to him’, our source stated.”