Gunmen kill ex-PDP leader in Akwa Ibom, abandon getaway car–Calls for prosecution of factional chair Ntukekpo

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

THE Police has said it has established a case of fogery and perjury against the factional Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State, Stephen Ntukekpo and absolved the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC Mike Igini of any complexity.

The Police investigation on the allegation of forgery and perjury has also confirmed that Mr. Augustine Ekanem was duly elected as the State Chairman of APC during the party’s congress.

It further said that from the facts and available evidence in the case file before it, a prima facie case of impersonation and forgery was
established against Ntukekpo and advised that he should be charged to court.

These were contained in the legal advice from the Police legal unit forwarded to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, Force Criminal Investigation Department, for the prosecution of Mr. Ntukekpo over allegation of forgery and perjury.

The legal advice titled, “Re: Case of Forgery and perjury,” sent to the DIG was signed by
the Commissioner of Police, Legal/Prosecution Section, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP, Ochogwu Ogbeh.

According to the Report, the complainant Yusuf Sheriff Banki, had in a letter to the Police with the reference No. CB: 3514/X FHQ ABI/SEB T3 VOL. 4 209, dated 22nd June, 2022, requested for legal advice on the alleged case of forgery and perjury against Ntukekpo.

According to the advice, the petitioner in the case, Mr Yusf Sherif Banki had in a letter dated 11th January 2022, addressed to the Inspector General of Police stated that he was the Chairman of the APC, Congress Committee for
Akwa Ibom State during the recently conducted nation wide Congress of the party.

It said, “That in his capacity as the Chairman, he (Banki) superintended over the Congress and submitted report with summary of result sheet to APC National
Secretariat.

“That couple of days ago, he was fumished with a Court Process by the legal
Department of his party from the Federal High court Abuja between Stephen Leo Ntukekpo (the suspect) and two others and APC & three others where his signature was forged on several documents purported to be result of Akwa Ibom State Congress.”

It further stated that “the petitioner denied and claimed that the documents are fake and the signature contained therein are forged.”

The Police in the report said that after going through the facts, statements of parties and documents attached therein, it was observed that:

“all the Seven-Man committee gave statement to the police
and they corroborated each other that election was held, vote counted in the
presence of security agencies and delegates and Mr. Augustine E. Ekanem was announced and declared winner with 1278 votes except Akeem Ayo Babalola whose statement differ from the six members of the commit, that
there was no enough time
to count the ballot papers one after the other as it was already late, that the chairman Hon. Yusuf Sharif Banki just announced the prepared list he has as winners of the congress elected and that he did not
sign the Report as he was not happy with the Report.

“It was further observed that, Akeem Ayo Babalola in his statement to the police did not disclose who was announced or declared as the winner of the
election.

“It is also observed, that records received from both Independent National
Electoral Commission INEC and the All Progressives Congress APC Headquarters
revealed that Augustine Ekanem is the State APC Chairman of Uyo Akwa
Ibom State.

“That the Police extended investigation to the National Chairman of APC and INEC to
avail them with the certified true copy of the result sheet and documents showing the winner and the result sheet show that Augustine
Ekanem is the winner.

“That Akeem Ayo Babalola
who denied in his statement not to have signed the
report as he was not happy with the report, documents supplied by the APC to
the police shows he signed the report.”

It further submitted that, “It is also observed that the
suspect uttered a copy of All Progressive Congress Summary result sheets which returned him as the winner of the election held in Akwa Ibom State purportedly signed by the Complainant and used same in
support of his claim in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1635/2021 before Federal High Court Abuja wherein he is the First Plaintiff.”

On its legal advice, it said, “From the facts and available evidence in the case file, we are of the considered opinion that a prima facie case of Impersonation and Forgery has
been established against the suspect, Stephen Leo Ntukekpo and therefore advise
that the suspect be charged to court accordingly.

“This is respectfully forwarded for the Deputy Inspector General of Police
information and further directive please.”

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