As indigenes of Ukanafun Local Government Area braces for an end to the regime of insecurity, youths of the area have risen in protest against the CEO of Idems Ultimate Group, Mr Unyime Idem, who is alleged to have been involved in the release of a detained crime suspect Mr. Aniedi Okon Udosen (AKA Spirro), decrying that patronage from some stakeholders to criminal elements was aggravating the already deplorable security situation.
Restating their resolve to rid the area of untoward characters, the youths gave a 14 day ultimatum for the re-arrest of the said Aniedi Okon Udosen, aka Spirro, from Ikot Akpa Nkuk, who until recently was in detention for his alleged role in the Urua Akpan Ashiet carnage and other criminal acts that have negatively affected the area’s economic fortunes.
The angry youths, who converged on Ikot Akpan Nkuk, the Local Government Headquarters, according to our source voiced their displeasure against the role of Unyime Idem; a businessman and aspirant to the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, whom they noted is alleged to have facilitated Spirro’s release from detention, without reasonable explanation.
Expressing their dissatisfaction with Unyime Idem’s alleged role in the said release of the crime kingpin, the youths argued that having lost so much to the reign of terror that has clouded the area, there was need for well meaning citizens of Ukanafun to challenge the monster of insecurity headlong, rather than act in pretence or patronage.
Querying why Idem, a renowned telecommunications entrepreneur would identify with a character like Spirro; an ally of the slain kidnap kingpin, Akaninyene Jumbo (Iso Akpafid) whose nefarious activities have led to the series of violent crimes that have seen to the killings of innocent indigenes of the area, the youths frowned at his insensitivity to Ukanafun’s growing security challenges.
Referring to his National Assembly aspiration as self-serving, the people recounted how the business mogul relocated his family from Ukanafun, abandoning them to their fate while criminal activities in the area assumed heightened levels, only to return to facilitate a suspect’s release, to boost his political fortunes.
Trouble, according to our findings started when Aniedi Udosen (Spirro) upon his return from detention, went round threatening those suspected to have volunteered information that led to his arrest, boasting to be enjoying Unyime Idem’s protection and support, after which he proceeded to a church known as Glorious Parish Liberty Ministry at Park lane, for a thanksgiving service, on Sunday.
Udosen, alleged to be the leader of a recently banned cult organization in the state, known as the Island group, may have assured the national assembly hopeful of the support and protection of his group, during the upcoming electioneering, lending credence to the suspicion that some politicians were benefiting from the unrest.
Corroborating the position of youths of the area, members of the Ukanafun chapter of Akwa Ibom Professional Commercial motorcyclists Association (APCOMA) who recently mobilized support for Unyime Idem’s national assembly aspiration also protested against the release of Spirro, whom they noted has made life unbearable for them.
Led by the chapter Chairman of APCOMA in the area, Mr. Edidiong Friday Iwuo, the group announced their withdrawal of an earlier support to Idem, burning some of his campaign materials including banners, stickers and t-shirts, while promising to mobilize their members to support any aspirant that will have the people’s welfare at heart.
Announcing that the decision to withdraw their support from Idem was in solidarity with colleagues who have lost their lives and means of livelihood to the reign of insecurity, members of APCOMA decried the business mogul’s involvement in Spirro’s release, describing his disposition to such patronage as taking sides with people who have raked havoc in the area.
Expressing concerns over the safety of their members, the youths and APCOMA leaders pledged their lives in the hands of Aniedi Udosen, whom they suspect may be plotting more virulent attacks on them, as a result of their stance against the prevalent criminality in the area.
They called on the security agencies not to relent in their bid to rid Ukanafun and its environs of criminal elements, regardless of statuses of those found culpable, declaring their resolve to mobilize indigenes of the area against perpetrators of various crimes, to enhance the return of peace to the troubled area.