By Chioma Onuegbu, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom state government has said it has uncovered alleged plans by opposition elements to incite crisis ahead of the elections using illegally created refuse dump points within the Uyo metropolis.
Chairman of Akwa Ibom state Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA), Prince Akpan Ikim who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Uyo said the uncovered plot followed intelligence at government disposal.
Ikim explained the idea behind the plot was to create a crisis situation that would attract the attention of the Federal government that Akwa Ibom is not safe so that elections would be postponed for a different date.
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He said, “These unscrupulous elements are bent on deliberately dumping refuse at illegal corners within the Uyo metropolis to sabotage our efforts and eventually carry out street protest against the Agency.
“The plot also includes the planting of destitutes at strategic locations and dump points to indiscriminately litter the capital city and portray the state as being dirty to give credence to a planned protest and its possible escalation to a full scale crisis.
“We are aware that during the street protest elements who will in turn foment crisis that will lead to the breach of the peace have resolved to set cars and properties of innocent citizens ablaze. The essence according to intelligence is to give an impression that the state is unsafe.
“Their plan is to come into the state through different places and then start the protest that will look as if they are sensitizing the people that, Akwa Ibom is dirty. It is very sad that certain individuals within the state, for unfounded reasons, are neck-deep in plots to foment confusion and crisis in the state through the subsector”
Ikim who assumed office in the Agency in September 2018 said that the agency would give more details of the plan to the security agencies, adding that the essence of the media briefing was to let the people hatching the plan know that their plans have already been exposed.
He revealed that as the agency has already uncovered 17 of such illegal dump points, and advised the residents to remain law-abiding by making use of only refuse dump points approved by state government.
“This information is to serve as a wakeup call to our security agencies to contain these elements and their sponsors that are already known.
“This agency has a total of 158 legal dump points across the metropolis. Now they have constituted 17 illegal points in places like Maitama in Ewet Housing, Osongama Estate. Locations where we don’t have dump point before, overnight you will see one”, he stressed