Gunmen attack Akwa Ibom governor’s former aide
A former aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Mfon Udeme, was attacked around 1 a.m. on Thursday at his residence in Itiam, Itu Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen.
He is said to have sustained a gunshot wound and is being treated at a private hospital in Uyo.
Mr Udeme, a lawyer and a former chairman of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, who spoke to journalists from his hospital bed, said his attackers came for his life and not money or any other thing.
“After I was shot and left in the pool of my blood, God saved me by moving me beyond their reach because I heard when they were shouting, ‘where is he, where is he?’ a local newspaper in the state, Weekly Insight, quoted Mr Udeme as saying.
“I was with my family, with my wife, children, but they were neither attacked nor did they make away with any property. They only came looking for me.
“Yesterday at about 10 p.m. before I got attacked, I noticed that some people were trailing me, I resolved to make a report to the police the following morning, only to be attacked that night.
“Even when I told them, we don’t have much money in the house these days, we use card, but that I have some money in the car, I noticed that the man did not pick any interest in what I told him but rather they pushed me to the corner and shot me.”
Police spokesperson in the state, Odiko MacDon, told PREMIUM TIMES, Friday afternoon that the attack on Mr Udeme was a robbery incident which he said is being investigated by the police.
Mr Udeme resigned his appointment as a special assistant on electoral matters to the governor about 28 days ago, citing lack of “work tools” as his reason for doing so.
He had also defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gunmen attack Akwa Ibom governor’s former aide was reported by NPBS