Community Sacks Village Head over Alleged Fraudulent Act in A’Ibom
By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo
Ikot Obio Inyang Community in Etinan Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom has denounced its village head over an allegations of criminal and other fraudulent activities in the community.
The community has accused the village head, Chief Emem Okon Akpan of sabotaging the water scheme provided by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a 14-point resolution by Ikot Obio Inyang Development Association (IKODA), made available to our correspondent in Uyo on Wednesday, the community has hereby ordered that its village head, Chief Emem Okon Akpan be stripped of his position and be handed over to the Police to face his pending police cases and criminal prosecution.
The resolution signed by the President of Ikot Obio Inyang Development Association Enefiok B. Umoh and 89 other members of the community recalled a Police report of February 17, 2020, which indicted the village head on the said vandalization, and therefore passed a vote of no confidence on his leadership.
IKODA said the report revealed that he (Chief Emem Akpan) removed the solar pump controller, solar panel and other components, sold and used the money for his personal benefit without the knowledge and approval of the village council and community.
” This led to a petition to the state police commissioner who ordered an investigation into the matter. The police investigation indicted Chief Emem Okon Akpan, the village head for vandalism,stealing and conversion of community solar water facilities.
“Chief Emem Okon Akpan collected compensation for Ekom Iman-Etina Road due Ikot Obio Inyang people and never gave to the rightful beneficiaries,” the village said.
The community lamented that ” If Chief Emem Okon continues ruling as the village head of Ikot Obio Inyang, the community would meet an irredeemable soon and untold hardship in all spheres of the community life. Enough us enough!”
In view of those allegations, the community resolved to reject and denounce Chief Emem Okon Akpan as their village from that December, 26, 2020.
” The entire men, women, youths and social groups in Ikot Obio Inyang pass a vote if mo confidence in Chief Emem Okon Akpan” and he be stripped of his position as village head of Ikot Obio Inyang.
“Chief Emem Okon Akpan be handed over to the police to face his pending cases and criminal prosecution,” the community said.
A police report on the case of vandalism of the community water scheme as made available to Daily Sun, indicted Chief Emem Okon Akpan thus: “that the village head refused to direct the police to where he sold the solar panels.
“The village refuse to disclose the amount he sold the solar panels as the real.orice of the panels are not known due to the fact that the project was done by th NDDC which is always based on contract.
Reacting, the embattled village head, Chief Emem Okon Akpan declined that the position of Ikot Obio Inyang Development Association was invalid.
Okon who declared the Association as opposition said such position needed to have been endorsed by family heads, and the letter headed paper of the village council used, to make it valid.
“They are not members of the village council, but opposition. That is why you did not see any of the family heads sign the letter, and that is why they did not also use the letter headed paper of the village council. They are politicians, their position is not valid”. He said