There are wide spread allegations that a police bullet may have killed a man at a wedding ceremony attended by the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel. The incident happened on Thursday, November 7th in Ikot Ukab, Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state and the victim has been identified as Godwin Thomas. The police spokesperson, Odiko MacDon, confirmed the incident through a statement issued on Friday, but said that the police officer was yet to be identified.
The Akwa Ibom government on Friday said Governor Emmanuel was “deeply saddened” about the killing of Mr Thomas. A statement from the commissioner for information in the state, Charles Udoh, described the killing as a “tragic event at the end of an otherwise joyous occasion”. Mr Udoh said it was an “unwarranted loss of an innocent life”.
The commissioner said the governor has directed security agencies to “fish out” and “prosecute” the killers. “While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the governor reiterates his administration’s commitment to the continued protection of lives and property within the boundaries of the state” Udoh said.
The Akwa Ibom State Police comand have also issued a statement with their own side of the story. Here is their statement below:
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
UPDATE ON THE SHOOTING AT NDIYA IKOT UKAB
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has received a report on the very unfortunate and unacceptable incident that happened on Thursday, November 7th, at Ndiya Ikot Ukab in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the State where one Mr. Godwin Thomas was shot dead by a yet to be identified alleged Police Officer.
2. Our preliminary investigation revealed that the incident occurred after a marriage ceremony which was well attended at the above location and that there were Police personnel from within the State and neigbouring States on escort duties. Our preliminary findings further showed that,
as at the time of the incident, the security personnel from Akwa Ibom Government House had left the area.
3. While the identity of the perpetrator of this dastardly act is for now unknown, the Commissioner of Police, CP ZAKI AHMED has ordered for a more discreet investigation to be quickly carried out to unravel the perpetrator of the said crime and prosecute same.
4. The Commissioner of Police commiserates with the family of the deceased and wish to reiterate the Command’s readiness in protecting lives and property and combating crimes in all parts of the State.
SP ODIKO MacDON
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
AKWA IBOM STATE.