Akwa Ibom state police has stated that there was no attack on the home of Senator Godswill Akpabio, as claimed by the senator’s aide.
The media aide of the former Akwa Ibom governor has earlier said that unknown gunmen stormed the senator’s home in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom state, around 7.30 p.m on Tuesday, and were shooting sporadically in front of the gate before they were repelled by police officers and other security personnel attached to the senator.
“That information is false,” the police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday morning.
“There was an attempted robbery at a filling station close to Senator Akpabio’s house. The filling station is 200 metres away from the senator’s house.
“Nobody attacked the country home of Senator Godswill Akpabio,” Mr MacDon, a deputy superintendent of police, said.
The divisional police officer (DPO) in Essien Udim corroborated Mr MacDon’s position that the shooting was at a filling station, and not the senator’s house.
“There were some policemen on the ground at the filling station, so when the armed robbers started shooting, the policemen there fired back, and the robbers ran away,” the DPO told newsmen.
The DPO said when he learnt of the shooting, he visited the area that night, in the company of the police area commander.
He said he and his officers stopped by the senator’s house that night, and the gate was locked.