*Can’t wait to have Akpabio in the witness box
Lawyer and human rights advocate, Inibehe Effiong, has dared former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, to drag him to court.
Effiong said this in reaction to “a libellous publication in the media credited to a Media Aide to the Senate Minority Leader threatening to sue me over my statement on Facebook on the looting of public funds during his administration”.
Inibehe Effiong inisists that Akpabio, a man who has no reputation, cannot be heard to complain about defamation of character. He reminded Akpabio that “this is not the bloody era when he held Akwa Ibom State hostage as his personal fiefdom”.
A statement he sent to www.gongnews.net continued: “I am particularly pleased with the decision by the man who publicly confessed to rigging election to sue me for insisting that Akwa Ibom funds were stolen during his regime.
“I stand by that statement and I also reiterate that the stolen funds could have funded the budgets of Ebonyi State for the next two to three decades”.
“In the event that Akpabio decides to file a lawsuit, my first Defence Witness, if at all there would be anything to defend, would be no other person but Godswill Akpabio. I cannot wait to have Akpabio in the witness box for him to give evidence of how the resources of our people were stolen and looted.
“This case would add credence to the African aphorism that every day is for the thief, but one day is for the owner.
“Let Akpabio hire 100 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) together with 1000 other lawyers, the truth will prevail in the end over criminal shenanigans and falsehood. Goliath was brought down, conquered, defeated and thoroughly disgraced by David.
“Akpabio should be ashamed of himself. The blood of innocent sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom State who were maimed and killed under his watch will continue to haunt him.
“Whenever I receive the summons from the Court, I shall go on my knees and glorify God Almighty for hardening the heart of the Pharaoh of Akwa Ibom State in order for him to jump into the red sea.
“Akwa Ibom people have been yearning for the day that Akpabio and his cohorts would render account of how they managed their resources from 2007–2015. Finally, it seems that day is drawing near.”