The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Barr Onofiok Luke has petitioned the Directorate of State Security and the Nigerian Police over alleged attempt on his life by those he believes are agents of the state APC governorship candidate, Mr Umana Umana.
In a release from his press secretary, Mr Kufre Okon, the Speaker Luke claims that Umana is planning to assassinate him describing it as an indirect attempt on the his life.
“The Speaker is convinced that the false alarm is a covert threat to his life as it is capable of inciting some target groups of persons against him.”
The Speaker warned that “any attempt to hide behind malicious and false allegations to harass his person will seriously be resisted within the ambit of the law by him, his loved ones, and his teeming supporters within and outside the state.”
The Speaker dismissed claims that he met with cultists last Sunday to contract them for a hatchet job against Umana asserting that his strong Christian upbringing would not allow him to plan taking someone’s else life no matter what is involved.
“As one whose upbringing is laced with strong Christian values, and whose course in life is daily and solely determined by the Supreme Being, (he) has never, and will never plot nor sit in a company where there is a plot to assassinate anyone,” the statement said.
Luke therefore advised all to “to disregard the story and called on security agencies in the state to begin an immediate investigation into the claim.
It would be recalled that the APC had through a section of the local media made allegations of assassination plot against its guber candidate by agents of the Speaker.
The story, which was first circulated online and later published in the Guide Newspaper of Thursday January 7, 2016, quoted a certain Abia Ante to have claimed that Luke attended a “security meeting” in which a plot to assassinate Umana was hatched.
But according to Okon, “on the said Sunday, Mr Speaker was in church, Full Life Christian Centre, Full Life Avenue, Uyo, as early as 7am. He left the church at about 10:30am and remained indoors with his family for the rest of the day.
“He was indoors till the following morning when he again left home to attend the beginning of the ongoing 21 days of prayer and fasting being observed by his church. At no point in time therefore did he meet with any group of persons for any purpose as claimed in the mischievous story in circulation.”

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