ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Akwa Ibom Interest Movement (AIM),a non-governmental group, has condemned the recent invasion of the Akwa Ibom Government House.
Samuel Etuk, the National Convener, reported that more than 45 gun wielding operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) without search warrants stormed the facility in Gestapo styled operation, disarmed security personnel attached to the Government House, broke down doors,destroyed safe boxes and ransacked the guest house section in search ofalleged stash of arms.
“This illegal action by agents of the state police who we strongly believewere acting the poorly written script of President Buhari and his kins man head of the Department of State Security, Mr. Lawal Daura is not only anassault on the sanctity of our had earned democracy, but also an injuriousblow on the integrity of the good people of Akwa Ibom State,” said Etuk.
“Never in the history of our democracy has the official residence of asitting governor been raided; not even in the height of the Boko Haraminsurgency in the North East when state governors were even alleged to besponsors of the militant sect.”
Etuk alleged the Akwa Ibom State was the victim of an alleged obviouswitch hunt.He said it was fundamental that the DSS made its findings known on the invasion.
“We need to know whether a cache of arms was discovered; see evidence of millions of dollars stock piled they later claimed was discovered in aguest room and what will happen to the source who supplied the false information. These are pertinent issues the agency must address as a matter of urgency.”
The official called on President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been alleged tohave given orders to raid the Akwa Ibom Government House, had to come to terms with the fact that Nigeria was no longer under a military regime.
“Rather we are in a democracy and he was elected President throughdemocratic means and must respect democratic tenets. Since he has shed thetitle military title “General” to reflect his preference for democracy, heshould also do away with his military mentality and rein his blood thirsty dogs.”
– CAJ News