Written by Thompson Essien
It is now a common knowledge among the people of Akwa Ibom State that whenever Godswill Akpabio gives order for his agents to kill those he wants to eliminate, he will leave Akwa Ibom State to Abuja, Lagos, or fly out of the country. When General Akpan was kidnapped, while worshipping in a church, Akpabio was out of Akwa Ibom State and as it turned out, eventually, people came to find out that it was Akpabio who ordered the kidnapping of General Akpan. The same thing happened when Chief Paul Inyang was killed, when Mamma Udonwa was murdered, and even when Comfort Ewang was kidnapped; the list seems endless.
This past weekend, Godswill Akpabio played yet another of his diabolical game; he ordered the murder of the mother and the brother of Barrister Francis Efanga. While this mother and son were being killed in a coward style, Akpabio was enjoying and spending the people’s money and fraternizing with prostitutes in Houston, Texas.
As I write, Akpabio is still here in the United States, working the phone—sending instructions to his killers in Akwa Ibom State for them to kill those whom, in his sick mind, he considers as his enemies. Because of the clamp-down on the media, many people are not even aware of the daily killings, which is going on in Akwa Ibom State on the orders of Godswill Akpabio.
Akpabio’s gripes with Barrister Francis Efanga are that the young attorney has successfully been defending Senator Akpan Udoedehe
against the madness of Godswill Akpabio and has also been bold to condemn the ineffectiveness and the wasteful spending of the people’s money which Akpabio regards as government policies.
In late 2010, when the heat for the gubernatorial election was searing, Akpabio lied to federal authorities that Barrister Efanga was planning to subvert the federal government. At that time, no one outside his inner-circle knew that Akpabio had manufactured fake and dubious documents as evidence, which he tendered to the Presidency, the SSS, and the Police in support of his claims. The fake documents looked authentic and so convincing that eventually in March of 2011, Barrister Francis Efanga was arrested, locked up, and charged with “sedition” and “malicious falsehood” against the President.
The case went to trial and was adjourned several times. Finally, it was dismissed entirely for lack of evidence. As a condition for his release, Akpabio bribed the judiciary to issue an order which banned Barrister Efanga from visiting his own village in Ibiono Local Government Area, which is just a few miles to Uyo, the State capital. Francis Efanga thought the dismissal of the case would end the warped mind of Akpabio over him. Efanga was wrong, dead wrong!
Last weekend, while Akpabio was enjoying with his prostitutes in Houston, Texas, he gave the green button for Efanga’s mother and his brother to be killed. Several days after they were murdered in cold blood, relatives found the mutilated bodies of Efanga’s mother and that of his brother, who was visiting his mother at the time, inside the home, already in a state of decomposition.
And everyone is now asking why? Even Barrister Efanga himself cannot understand the madness. Contacted at his home in Nigeria by this writer, Efanga seemed lost of words. All he could muster the energy to say was “Honestly, I cannot tell you who killed my mother and brother, but I will find them. The police and the SSS are working on the case and I will wait for them to complete their investigations.”
Ikpafak Thompson Essien