Governor Udom Emmanuel debunks rumours of DSS discoveries after government house raid

The Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel, has debunked rumours that DSS operatives found some illegal arms during a search on the presidential wing of the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo.

He told a gathering at an event in the state capital that he did not stock pile arms as claimed by the DSS and that being a Governor that understands the legal implication of such acts, he could not have embarked in the piling of arms as reported.

Addressing the people at Peacock Paints Industry, one of the moribund industries recently resuscitated by his administration, the Governor described the recommissioning of the paint factory as a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to prudent management of resources.

Governor Emmanuel said the company is now fully owned by the State Government but would be privatized in due course, adding that a total of N526 million naira had been spent to reactivate the company.

He directed that all government contractors must make use of the company’s products or have their contacts revoked.

In the meantime, the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Department of State Services -DSS to apologise for the raid carried out at the Government House, Uyo or face litigation.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Aniekan Uko, told a news conference in Abuja that the state government would sue the DSS if it failed to apologise for the operation carried out at the governor’s official residence in the state capital.

Speaker Uko urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to launch an investigation into the action of the DSS, which it described as a violation of the constitution and an act of impunity.

According to Uko, despite the fact that the president, vice president as well as state governors enjoy constitutional immunity, the Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has been singled out and stripped of his right, which is provided for him under the law.

The lawmakers also denied media reports indicating that the secret service operatives had uncovered stockpile of arms and ammunition as well as money in foreign currency.





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