*sues for calm
By Ekemini Simon
The Member representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ekwere, and some of his aides last Thursday narrowly escaped death after they were attacked by hoodlums during an #EndSars protest in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state Capital.
This reporter gathered that Mr. Ekwere was on his way back from an official engagement in Mkpat Enin when he ran into armed hoodlums who had overtaken the Ring Road 2 by Nung Oku.
Narrating how the incident occurred to this reporter, the lawmaker’s Media Aide, Mr. Victor Ufot said that his principal escaped by the special grace of God after their vehicle was surrounded by hoodlums who had caused severe damage to public and private properties in Uyo metropolis.
According to him, “we were on our way back from Mkpat Enin LGA where my boss had gone to pay a condolence visit to the Clan Head of Ikpa Ibom in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area who lost his mother recently. We used the New Stadium road to link up Nung Oku axis of Uyo.
“On approaching Nung Oku junction by few minutes past 9PM, we were ambushed by miscreants who were more than 30 in number. We perceived danger; before the driver could wriggle his way out, the hoodlums had barricaded everywhere, so they pelted the car with stones and other dangerous weapons but the driver was able to navigate his way out of danger.”
The lawmaker’s spokesman said his boss was in good condition after the attack.
“I can confirm that he is in good condition. It’s only his official vehicle that is badly damaged,” he said.
The lawmaker’s image maker who was physically present during the sad event further added that the incident was a terrible one that did not reflect the true demands of the #EndSars protesters.
“What happened to Mr. Ekwere and other public officials and properties in Uyo did not reflect the demands of the genuine #EndSars protesters. It is sad that unknown miscreants had hijacked what was a legitimate demand from the masses. The agitation was never about destruction and looting, it was a movement to draw government’s attention to the decay in the society. The criminals we met at Nung Oku were robbers who were armed to the teeth,” he added.
He also thanked constituents, friends and colleagues of the lawmaker who has reached out since the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, Mr. Victor Ekwere has urged youths in the country to give peaceful a chance as government at various levels begin to address their genuine demands.
The lawmaker who spoke through his personal assistant on media said, “The lawmaker’s position is that youths should sheath their sword so that peace can reign. Their demands have been heard and the various tiers of government have began implementing the needed reforms”.