Akwa Ibom Assembly upholds sack of LG Vice Chairman, Etukakpan

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has on its Tuesday plenary upheld the removal of the Vice-Chairman of Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Hon. Abasiama Etukakpan from office.

Recall that the House on Thursday, August 12, 2021, received an impeachment notice against the vice-chairman and set up a 7-Man Adhoc Committee led by Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Denis of Etinan State Constituency and the Deputy Leader of the House to investigate the matter.

The house, therefore, resolved to uphold EtukAkpan’s removal after indepth consideration of the report of the Committee at the Committee of the Whole which found the embattled chairman guilty of issuing threats to the Leader of the Legislative Council and other councillors.

The statement presented to the house reads in parts, “That on the 3rd day of August, 2021 at about 2pm, Hon. Abasiama Etukakpan accosted the Leader of Oruk Anam Legislative Council just after Ikot Oku Ikono flyover and threatened to deal with him both physically and spiritually if he does not call members of Oruk Anam Legislative Council to order and stop forthwith, any attempt to impeach him. This was not denied.

“Hon. Etukakpan conscripted his political acolytes and cronies into sending series of messages threatening and intimidating the Leader of the Legislative Council, regarding the impeachment process launched against him. This was not disputed by the impeached Vice Chairman

“That Hon. Etukakpan instructed and/or caused his family – Ikot Akpan Obong, Nung Ikot, Ikot Udo Offiong of Oruk Anam Local Government Area to send a letter dated 8th August, 2021 and signed by Chief Abel Etukakpan (family Head) and 3 others through ‘UPS Courier Service,’ attempting to further intimidate the Leader of the Legislative Council in connection with the impeachment process initiated against him. This was not refuted, and the letter was submitted as evidence to the Committee.

“That Section 94 of the Criminal Code Law, CAP 38, Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000 criminalizes the act of threatening a person’s life and/or property for any reason whatsoever.”

While still considering the Committee’s report, it was also revealed that Section 375 of the Criminal Code Law also “criminalizes the act of threatening a person’s life, reputation or property or lives, reputation and/or property of anyone he/she is interested in, for the purpose of preventing him/her from doing a particular thing and/or compelling him/her to do that which he/she would not have done.”

The findings also revealed that the Vice Chairman’s action was totally unlawful and constitute threat to the life of the Leader of the Council, Hon. Sunday Festus Bb bb bb FB bb FB xxx
It was also reported that the ousted Vice Chairman’s actions were in breach of the provisions of the Criminal Code Law, 2000 and amount to “gross misconduct” as defined by Section 44 sub 14 of the Local Government Administration Law 2017.

Aside the above findings, the then Vice-Chairman of Oruk Anam LGA Hon. Abasiama Etukakpan was alleged not to be consistent in office and official functions to the notice of the people of Oruk Anam LGA.

The accuracy of all the allegations levelled against the impeached Vice Chairman were not contested.

However, after due consideration of the report, the recommendation to remove the Vice Chairman, Hon. Abasiama Etukakpan was upheld by the House and the Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren was asked to communicate the House resolution to the Executive Governor and other relevant authorities.