There Are Indications That Akwa Ibom State Government May Go To Court Against The Federal Government Over Last Week’s Invasion Of Government House Uyo
Apparently disturbed by the invasion, last Friday, of Akwa Ibom State Government House by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), the State government has called on Nigerians, and international community, to rise against President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime of impunity.
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, in an interview at the weekend, described the Federal Government’s action as smacking of politics as well as infringement on the sovereign rights of the State.
Nwoko, who frowned at the decision of the Federal Government to forcefully annex the State using undemocratic means to gag it to submission, also called on well meaning Nigerians and the international community to condemn President Buhari’s attempt to stampede the State government.
In seeking redress, Nwoko said the State was currently assembling a legal team with a view to challenging what it described as “bare faced infringement on the sanctity of Akwa Ibom as a constitutional entity within the Nigerian federation”. The All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government had invaded the Akwa Ibom Government House in search of some things that were not clear to the state.
After the invasion however, the DSS said it found “incriminating materials”. Specifically, it alleged the discovery of arms and cash.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had risen in condemnation of the action as described it as a coup aimed at toppling Governor Emmanuel Udom. The party also said the invasion, allegedly led by the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, was unconstitutional and offends every tenet of democracy.
Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who voiced the party’s concern over the invasion had said it was important to alert the nation of the recreation of the unpleasant experience of about 30 years ago when the President was a military head of State and Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi was the head of the National Security Organisation which metamorphosed into today’s Department of State Services (DSS).
Secondus said that the invasion was part of a grand plot by the ruling party to take back the PDP states of Rivers Taraba, Akwa-Ibom and Abia among other PDP states.
“Let me alert this nation that a few hours ago, there was a civilian coup d’état in Akwa-Ibom State where the Department of State Security headed by Lawan Daura invaded the Government House of Akwa-Ibom, ransacked the entire Government House, looking for the governor (Udom Emmanuel) to kidnap.
“Again, we want to alert this nation that this is part of the strategy of APC and its Federal Government to forcefully take Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia and Taraba States by force because they are not satisfied with the control of the Federal Government. They still want to take over by force all the states controlled by PDP.
“This nation belongs to all, to both PDP and APC a situation where consistently, the DSS has assaulted states controlled by PDP, the international community should be aware of what is going on. Is this democracy? Is this how PDP ruled in 16 years? Enough is enough.
“We want to advise and point out to the President that we will not tolerate this anti-democratic arrangement by APC and DSS because it will be a reincarnation of Rafindadi days when he was in charge of SSS.
“This is exactly the format. Daura is a reincarnation of Mohammed Lawal Rafindadi. And Nigerians are not ready for what happened in 30 years”, Secondus said.
Also condemning the invasion, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state called for the immediate sack of Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura. He said Daura was responsible for the invasion. Fayose has said the commando-style invasion led to the ransacking, intimidation and harassment of the occupants. Fayose claimed that the DSS was looking for “bombs and documents”.
Wondering how the Government House became a bomb-making factory, Fayose noted that he was surprised that the SSS was looking for bombs in Akwa Ibom instead of the Boko Haram enclaves.
“From the barbaric act of the DSS yesterday and other actions of Security Service under Alhaji Lawal Daura in the last few weeks, one can conclude that Daura is taking Nigeria back to the 1984 era of General Mohammadu Buhari and this is unfortunate.
“No doubt, the Director General (DG) DSS, Lawal Daura is acting out a sinister script of taking over Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled States in the South-South and South East by whatever means”, Fayose said.
Meanwhile condemning the invasion yesterday, National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Olisa Metuh, in a statement, cautioned that the invasion, and other flagrant abuse of power by the APCled Federal Government, are clear recipes for constitutional crisis.
The PDP noted that the action was also capable of brewing civil unrest and avoidable anarchy in the land, and called on Nigerians and the international community to take copious note of this. The party said its investigations have shown that the DSS acted on the express orders from the APC Presidency, which has been in a desperate bid to destabilize and forcefully take over Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.
“We have information that the DSS, acting on the instructions of the Presidency, occupied Akwa-Ibom State Government House, ransacking guest houses for no just cause.
“If such terror can be unleashed on a state government, one can only imagine the fate of regular citizens in the hands of this administration that has continued to show unparalleled disdain for constitutional order, with heinous penchant for oppression.
“We have also been made aware of plans by the APC government to stage similar invasions and unlawful assaults on other PDP states, including Rivers, Delta, Abia and Taraba, where electoral officers are already being
hounded and harassed by the DSS, who are also directly interfering in the activities of the election tribunals, in furtherance of APC’s desperation to take over these states.
“The PDP recalls similar action by the APC controlled police, which in July, sealed local councils in Rivers State and barred caretaker committees lawfully appointed by the state government from taking charge of the councils.
“We wish to restate that the PDP lost a general election and not a war. PDP states are not occupied territories but part of the Nigerian nation; its members are not prisoners of war, but free citizens in a democratic state.
“We invite Nigerians and the international community to note that never in the history of our democracy have we witnessed such a divisive government, whose actions and constitutional violations have so polarized the polity along its fault lines, while undermining national unity and cohesion, a development that spells doom for our democracy, if left unchecked.
“Finally, we wish to state categorically that as citizens of this country, we can no longer continue to stomach such brazen attacks on our members and elected officials.
The PDP will therefore hold several leadership and stakeholders meetings to come up with its response to this barefaced assault on our democracy. Enough is enough!”
– Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo