Contrary to a report by a national daily (not Vanguard) that the official driver of Governor Udom Emmanuel is not a personnel of the Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom State commissioner for information and communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah has said that Mr. Bassey Edet is a bonafide officer of the Force.
Speaking in his office on a story in the Monday, September 14, 2015 edition of the paper which purported that the driver is involved in a Police impersonation saga, Mr. Umanah said that Edet is a certified, trained spy policeman and, therefore, cannot be said to be an impersonator.
The Information boss said that Mr Edet’s Police Force Identification Number is 1522, having attended Police Training School, Ikeja, Lagos State, and wondered how he could be accused of breaching any rules by wearing his uniform.
Umanah who displayed photocopies of Mr Edet’s police identity card and certificates, explained that the officer is a duly trained personnel of the police, working with the State Government.
He dismissed as false, the allegation that the Governor’s driver was defrauding financial institutions by taking multiple salaries, noting “I have on good authority that the bank referred to in that report, like other international organizations, does not hire drivers, therefore, could not have had his name on its payroll.”
While decrying the partisan disposition of some reporters in Akwa Ibom, which he said is well known, Mr. Umanah stressed that it is unfortunate that the writer of the story allowed sentiments to becloud his reportage of events in the state. He charged journalists to avoid being used by any persons or interests to subvert the truth and to always ensure fairness and objectivity in their reports. The commissioner reaffirmed that
Governor Udom Emmanuel and all members of his cabinet are law-abiding, and would not engage in any act that is unlawful or inimical to the peace, progress and development of the society.