The Deputy Inspector General of Police,
Criminal Investigation & intelligence Department
The Nigeria Police Force,
Area 10, Garki
RE: THREAT TO ASSASSINATE MESSRS SAMUEL MEL IKPA AND MESSRS VICTOR JAPHET UDOM. THE CONSEQUENT HARASSMENT, ASSAULT BRUTALIZATION AND ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIRE ARMS BY MESSRS EMMANUEL BEN AND HIS COHORTS (I) MESSRS CHRISTIAN TUS UDOH, (II) MESSRS NSE NTUEN (III) MESSRS ETIM UDOM (IV) MESSRS LUCKY EFFIONG AKPAN (AKA POPE) (V) MESSRS MONDAY OKON OKOBO (VI) MESSRS UYO BEN UMOH AND (VII) MESSRS AKAM UDO BEN VIS AVIS THE ILLEGAL ARREST AND DETENTION OF MESSRS SAMUEL MEL IKPA AND MESSRS VICDTOR UDOM BY THE ESSIEN UDIM DIVISIONAL POLICE OFFICER FOR NO JUST CAUSE OR LAWFUL EXCUSE. A CALL FOR URGENT, PROPER AND THOROUGH INVESTIGATION
We have been consulted and our professional services retained by Messrs Samuel Mel Ikpa and Messrs Victor Japhet Udom of Midim Atan in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria (here-in-after simply referred to as our clients) and it is on firm instruction we write to you this letter of protest.
Our clients are presently qualified staffs of Exxonmobil in QIT Eket, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria.
Our clients have informed us that sometime in 2011 some of the above mentioned men had been arrested for kidnapping a member of his family in a village meeting but was later released on bail.
Our clients were so shaken by this experience which had made it practically impossible for them to visit and/or attend any function in the village since then, especially where the leader of the Hoodlums, Messrs Emmanuel Ben is enjoying government protection to evade arrest and prosecution till date.
We have also been informed that some of the above mentioned men had been involved in high profile murder of one Messrs Aniekan Friday Akpan, armed robbery, illegal possession of fire-arms across the South-South region and most especially within the Midim community in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State and their activities have been reported to Essien Udim Police Station, area Command Ikot Ekpene, State Police Headquarters and finally zone 6, and yet their activities have not been curtailed.
Our clients have informed us that the dangerous nature of this group informed their decision to attach themselves with four Policemen from Police Headquarters, Uyo, on surveillance for the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial polls drafted to their community in other for them to exercise their franchise in their community popularly known as Midim in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State Nigeria.
On their arrival, the four (4) police officers stopped at the Police Command in Essien Udim Local Government Area to document their arrival and thereafter proceeded to the Polling Units, but unfortunately our clients were attacked by these hoodlums on their way to their house, they were physically assaulted with machetes and other dangerous weapons and were taken into the bush for assassination but for the intervention of some community members and the police on surveillance duty. The hoodlums listed above also vandalized their Toyota 4 Runner SUV car. Copies of the photographs area attached for your perusal.
Consequent upon the above our clients sustained serious injuries ranging from hand fracture, leg injuries and severe head injury as shown in the pictures attached. And most surprisingly the Divisional Police Officers who intervened with his officers arrested and detained our clients for no just cause, by alleging that they were involved in the murder of a young man who he eventually presented to the CP on surveillance alive and while he refused to mention the identity of the alleged victim who is not even known to our clients nor a member of Midim Atan community. He also ordered the four Police Officers on surveillance to surrender their weapons. Being a superior officer to them, they obeyed him and were subsequently detained alongside our clients.
It is also instructive to note that our clients were later transferred to Area command, Ikot Ekpene where they were later transferred to Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia in Uyo and were detained briefly before they were granted bail and taken to the hospital for treatment.
Our clients have informed us that while they were being detained at Essien Udim Police Division they discovered that their phones, phone accessories and eye glasses had been taken away by the above mentioned men.
Our clients have further informed us that one of the above mentioned men, Messrs Nse Ntuen the present serving Chairman of Essien Udim Local Government Area while they were being detained at the Divisional Police station promised to “Take them out of this Earth” and will never be charged for any offence since he has boasted to all and sundry that he has the Divisional Police Officer in Essien Udim, the Area Commander Ikot Ekpene, the State Police Headquarters and finally A.I.G Zone 6 are at his beck and call.
In a situation like this, our clients are helpless and being law abiding citizens have decided to come to your office to seek justice.
We think that in a civilized country like Nigeria this kind of lawlessness cannot be allowed to go unchecked.
It is our strong belief that only your office can handle this matter as the police in the Local Division, Area Commander State level and Zone 6, seem not to be capable of handling this matter.
We therefore implore you in the name of all that is good about the Police Force to come to the rescue of our clients urgently and investigate these our complaints with a view to bringing all involved to answer for their atrocities.
We count on your fullest cooperation in this regard.