By Edet Archibong
The APC family in Akwa Ibom State has been thrown into anxiety, following the arrest of some prominent members of the party in Uyo in the early hours of Tuesday by men of the Nigerian Police Force.
While two members of the party have been arrested, others including a former Commissioner for Economic Development under the Godswill Akpabio administration, are on the run, with the police closing up on their trail.
The Police, reportedly relying on a petition by prominent APC stalwarts are said to have arrived Uyo from the IGP special squad in Abuja, picking one Uwatex at his residence and another person popularly known as Tony at Abak Road who was heading to drop off his kid in school.
The said Tony, is also the head of a notorious group, Renaissance in Uyo.
According to an inside source, the police may have been acting based on a petition from an APC Governorship aspirant from Uyo Local Government, and an Uyo based APC Federal House of Representatives aspirant, over the killing of their supporter one Ukeme Efanga in Uruan during the APC Governorship primaries.
They were also accused of being behind the burning of a police truck in Afaha Offot, Uyo during the widely criticized APC primaries in the State last month.
Investigations reveal that the two arrested suspects have been detained separately at the Mobile Police Base along Idoro road, Uyo and the Zone 6 Police Headquarters in Calabar, while intensified surveillance are being conducted for the fleeing ones.
The fleeing APC duo are not unfamiliar with the law enforcement officers, as one of them had previously been rounded up in connection with the murder of the Ekpenyong brothers in Uyo, during the reign of Chief Godswill Akpabio as governor.
He was said to have shared a cell with his absconding counterpart, a Professor of Economics, who was previously arrested in connection with his alleged role in the kidnap of an expatriate, with the Stemco Nig. Ltd in Ikot Ekpene in 2008.
The said professor, also got indicted in an attempted assassination of a serving Commissioner for Works during the past regime in the state.
The Professor, now one of the campaign managers of APC, was summarily dismissed by then Governor Godswill Akpabio, after his wife was allegedly found in possession of the marked currencies,used as ransom for the released of the kidnapped construction official.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the Managing Director of a federal intervention agency, who hails from the state, is said to be making frantic efforts to secure the release of his alleged supporters.
The former deputy governor’s alleged pestering interferences, it was revealed, caused the two suspected armed thugs to be transferred from the State Police Headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia, to their present locations for unhindered investigations.