Akpabio’s Wife Speaks As Iniubong Umoren’s Death Linked To Her Husband
How Akpabio’s Wife Speaks As Iniubong Umoren’s Death Linked To Her Husband
Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, wife of former Akwa Ibom Governor and current Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio, has knocked back at allegations her family had connections in the death of Miss Iniubong Umoren.
“My attention has been drawn to a publication made by a certain David Hundeyin on Social Media platforms that Davok Suites, 58, Unit G/S.9 Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State belongs to Ekaette Akpabio, wife of Godswill Akpabio.
“Ordinary, I would have excused this ignorance since ownership of any property or Hotel in a Government Estate is verifiably open to public knowledge.
“It is rather unfortunate that in Akwa Ibom, sponsored blackmail against my family has been the order of the day in these past years!
“I do not know the self-seeking interest David Hundeyin wishes to serve by linking the gruesome murder of INI Umoren to my family.
“I do not own Davok Suites. I am not a shareholder. I do not also know who owns Davok Suites neither do I know anybody whose name is Kufre Effiong – who is a staff of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
“Kufre Effiong does not work for my dear husband, Senator GODSWILL AKPABIO.
“I urge well-meaning Nigerians to ignore this blackmail, and the smear campaign on the reputation of my family,” she said in a statement on May 12, 2021.
David Hundeyin, an investigative journalist, had published that Uduak Frank Akpan – accused of raping and murdering Miss Umoren – didn’t act alone. The journalist claimed that some police officers in Akwa Ibom and some big names in the state may have been complicit.
Using leaked data from the murder suspect’s mobile service provider, the journalist claimed that Akpan had links to one Kufre Effiong, a senior civil servant in the Ministry of the Niger Delta, where Senator Akpabio heads.
“It has just come to my attention that Davok Suites, the hotel at the centre of the 58 Unit G/S.9, Unit G, Ewet Housing Estate nexus involving Kufre Effiong ang Frank Uduak Akpan is owned by none other than Ekaette Akpabio, wife of Godswill Akpabio,” the journalist wrote on Twitter – claims which the Minister’s wife have dismissed.
In his investigation, the journalist also claimed that one police officer, Samuel Ezeugo, who was named as one of the officers that arrested Uduak Frank Akpan “actually has a preexisting relationship with the suspect and is in fact working in cahoots with the organ trafficking gang”.
Meanwhile, the Akwa Ibom Police Commissioner has debunked the investigation of the journalist, even as he assured the matter would be transparently treated to ensure justice.
CP Andrew Amiengheme added that there were no human bones found inside the compound where Iniubong’s body was exhumed and that the array of women’s footwears, children’s school uniforms, books, certificates found there belonged to family members of the suspect – and not victims as widely thought.