Human Rights Activist, Dr. Ime Stephen and uncle to 15-year old girl, Mary Udo, alleged to have been raped by a police inspector in Mkpat Enin Police Division, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, has escaped assassination attempt.
Stephen, who is Director General, Centre for International Integrity, Peace and Development in Nigeria, told correspondents on Thursday in Uyo that a group of cult boys numbering 16 invaded his house at Nyaodiong village in Mkpat Enin LGA at 10:30pm on August 9.
He stated that the hoodlums who brandished assorted weapons and shot into the air three times and forced the doors open to gain entrance into his room.
Stephen, who said he was not around at the time of the incident, told newsmen that the hoodlums inflicted injuries on two of his boys, removed all the electric bulbs, brought down electric poles and stole the cable.
In a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Murtala Mani, Stephen alleged threat to the life of his family members, himself, attempted arson on his new house as well as willful and malicious damage to his property.
“I was called at about 11:30pm yesterday by my family that the house was surrounded by group of some hired assassins who shot repeatedly into the air, ordering me to come out of the house that I will be killed in front of my family, but the occupants of my house shouted that I was not around as they tried forcing the doors down to gain entrance into the room for possible assassination.
“They damaged the doors, removed all the electric bulbs and damaged my electric poles including the one for flags, and they took all the wires away, destroyed my drums, and so many other things in the compound including local chairs.” he said.
He added that the hoodlums tarried the whole night around his premises, waiting for him to come out of the compound so that they could kill him.
The hoodlums according to him, opened fire into the air many times before they finally departed the compound.
Stephen revealed that the attack was not the first one by the same group of hoodlums, noting that he had also reported the earlier attacks to the police.
Mani, confirmed the attack. He added that the police had also received the petition from Stephen.

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