A’Ibom lawmaker escapes death as bullet hits
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 : ETIM EKPIMAH
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A member representing Uruan Constituency in
the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr.
Aniekan Bassey, escaped being killed after a
team of policemen invaded his house at Ekim
Enen, in the Uruan Local Government Area.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen, who
were in two patrol vans, allegedly stormed the
lawmaker’s family house, claiming to be
searching for an undisclosed exhibit on Sunday.
An eyewitness, Iquo Edet, told our correspondent
that the lawmaker’s cousin, Mr. Akan Bassey,
who rushed out of the bathroom to check what
was happening, was shot as soon as he
disclosed his name to them.
According to Edet, the policeman who shot Akan,
might have mistaken him (Akan) for Aniekan,
adding that the bullet pierced through his
“I think the policemen came for a mission. What
exhibit were they looking for? Who has something
here to hide?
“If they had succeeded in killing him, they would
either say it was an accidental discharge or look
for something incriminating to present before the
public who will judge him as criminal since the
dead cannot talk,” she said.
Aniekan, who spoke with our correspondent on
the telephone on Monday, said he was still in
shock over the incident. He described the act as
shocking and barbaric.
He said, “I quickly rushed to the crime scene
which took place around 2pm on Sunday and
helped rush the victim to a hospital.”
Aniekan, who did not reveal the name of the
hospital, where the victim was taken, said the
doctor gave prompt attention to him. He noted
that his cousin was lucky that the bullet did not
go through his heart.
Aniekan said he would do everything within his
power to ensure that the policemen, who were
involved in the act, paid for it.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom
State Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said the
policeman did not aim the gun at anybody,
adding that the incident was an accidental
She said, “Investigation is ongoing at the
moment. The injured victim is undergoing
treatment; he is responding to treatment.
Hopefully, he will be home tomorrow.
“But the accident did not occur out of malice.
Parties concerned have never had any problem.
It was an accidental discharge.”
She said the Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Murtala Mani, had ordered a diligent investigation
into the matter.
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