Some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad from Lagos, Monday night stormed Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital with a search warrant that ordered them to search any discovered environment or premises owned or connected to Ime Uwah, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management.
The officers, who arrived Uyo in a Hiace bus with a Lagos registration number EY 527 KJA, claimed they were detailed to arrest the Governor’s aide over allegation that he owns a caravan where he stores ammunition and uniforms of various armed forces which he intends to use during the rerun election in Akwa Ibom. The officers claimed they were acting on an anonymous petition.
Sources close to Eni Stores told our reporter that the men met stiff resistance when they refused to release the Governor’s aide, insisting he would be taken to Lagos to have his statement documented even when nothing was found on him.
The source disclosed that they had searched Uwah’s most popular business centre, Eni Gardens, his residence and finally his farm along Akwa Ibom Airport Road and nothing incriminating was found.
“The question most people asked then was why you would take a man of Uwah status to Lagos in the night even when nothing incriminating was found around him. We wanted them to explain what they were up to, so we started making contacts until we got the State Police Commissioner to the scene of the arrest.
“Upon arrival, the police boss began scolding the men on why they had to embarrass the state police command by coming for an operation involving a high profile citizen without at least, reporting to him the real reason for their operation. They ordered to follow him to the state police command, Ikot Akpan Abia, it was after the meeting of both parties that Mr. Uwah was released’’ the source said.
It is suspected that the situation would have escalated as supporters of the government were determined to stop the police from taking the Governor’s aide to anywhere outside the state. Violence was imminent, if not for timely intervention of the Commissioner of Police.
This would be the second time since the advent of this administration that security operatives take the state by storm for God knows why?
It would be recalled that at the start of Udom’s administration, the Department of State Security, DSS, raided the Government House over the same allegation of weapons and ammunition but nothing was found.
The outcome of the investigation is yet to be made public as nothing has been heard from the DSS since the raid.
Attempt to speak with Ime Uwah failed as our reporter was told to hold on as a press statement to that effect was in the offing.