Okon Uwah’s Murder: Gang Leader, 2 Ors Arrested


The last might not have been heard of the gruesome murder of former Deputy Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate for last year general election, Obong Okon Uwah, as three additional, suspects alleged to have participated in the murder have been arrested by men of Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.

Our Crime Desk gathered that those arrested last weekend during a traditional marriage in Nkek, the same community that the former lawmaker was killed are the suspected leader of the gang, Usen Peter Udo (alias Udo Ibanga Ikpa); Imo Mark Affia and Ubong Monday Umoh (alias Udo Nkoko).

The State Police Command could not confirm the arrest as at the time of filing this report but our correspondent gathered that some youths of the community attempted to block the police van shortly after the arrest of the suspects. It took the swiftness and ingenuity of SARS to beat the youths and whisked the suspects away.

The trio are helping the police in the investigations even as they are said to be telling the law officers their role in the murder that shocked Ukanafun community and the entire state.

It would be recalled that Obong Okon Uwah was murdered in cold blood in Nkek village on March 18 last year while embarking on campaign to solicit votes for his re-election on April 11, 2015 state Assembly election. He had earlier served in the State Assembly from 2007 to 2011.

Meanwhile, the arrest of three suspects came few days after the commencement of the pre-trial conference over Uwah’s murder. The trial of the suspects is taking place at state High Court, Uyo following the transfer of the case from Ukanafun High Court to Uyo.

Four accused persons: Mr Effiom Abai, Simeon Udoikpe, Godwin Udo and Akaninyene Benson Brown are already standing trial in the case, with suit No HUK/10C/2015.