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Former NYSC DG Detained For Election Malpractice & Violence In Akwa Ibom

By Emmanuel Edet
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In line with its avowed commitment to the success of the Governorship election in Akwa Ibom State, the security agencies have arrested a former Director General of NYSC, Gen Edet Akpan(rtd) for engaging in multiple acts of thuggery and electoral violence.

The former General who was arrested in company of some hoodlums and some electoral officers in Nsit Atai local government area was arrested after allegedly masterminding the election banditry in the area.

The general who was caught with some NYSC members and election materials could not explain the rationale for his illicit action, thereby leading to his arrest.

A police source who spoke in confidence to our reporter said General Akpan who is cooling off in detention, is helping the police with their ongoing investigation.

Edet Akpan, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, was said to have hired the armed thugs to rig the election and give an advantage to the APC in the area.

Already, several more armed thugs had earlier been arrested in Nsit Ubium by men of the 6 Battalion of the Nigerian Army after they had allegedly caused mayhem in the area.

Also, Seven officers of the Nigeria Police were today Saturday, 11 April, 2015 arrested in Ekpenyong Atai, Essien Udim local government for allegedly storming a polling unit in the area, shooting in different direction and hijacking election materials for rigging.

Luck however, ran out of them when they were apprehended by men of the DSS and other security personnel.

Confirming this to news men in Ukana, Essien Udim, Governor Godswill Akpabio disclosed that the police officers who are currently giving useful information to security agents, were hired by the APC to hijack the materials for their rigging plot.

It was also revealed that the police men who came from Uyo to Essien Udim to commit the electoral crime were not assigned any election duty by the police authority.

They were on illegal duty having been paid by the APC to do so

It would be recalled that the Inspector General of Police,

Mr Suleiman Abba had vowed to clamp down on election violence and sharp practices which led to the deployment of an Assistant Inspector General Adisa Bolanta and two additional police Commissioners to Akwa Ibom on the eve of the elections.

The conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections in Akwa Ibom state has been described as generally peaceful and commendable.

Emmanuel Edet
Nsit Street, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State
(no man has the right to rule over another, without that person's consent)