Former Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom state, Mr Aniekan Umanah, since leaving office last year, has been involved in series of controversies with the latest being his reign of impunity in Abak LG and it’s citizens.
A credible source, Mr Zion Umoh who is an indigene of Abak LG but resides in the United States of America revealed to our reporter how Mr Aniekan Umanah swindled Abak LG council. He claimed he wants to build a Police Station on the site of the Cenotaph in Abak, but instead built a recreation centre/lawn tennis court accessible only by himself and his immediate family.
Instead of building the Police Station on the site agreed by him and the Council Boss, he selfishly reneged on the agreement and went ahead to build the recreation centre which is not beneficial to the indigenes of the LG because the venue is always under lock and key.
The proposed Police Station has been built on another location on the same street instead of the earlier agreed location thereby robbing the LG of a large expanse of land.
Such act would be described as dishonesty and thievery by the former commissioner who has also cordoned off an entire street with a gate which is always locked and leaves the residents of the street stranded, and named the whole street after his late father.
He has also reportedly taken possession of every landed property on the street having renamed it after his late father.
According to Mr Zion Umoh, several top shots from the LG have been silenced with large amounts of money doled out by the former commissioner at the detriment of the citizens of the area.
Our reporter visited the locations of each of these contentious projects and confirmed them to be true. The historical cenotaph had been relocated to the Local Government council as against the earlier agreed location it was supposed to be cited due to the cunning and dubious nature of the former commissioner.
Citizens of the area are crying out for help by the state government and non seems forthcoming as the powers that be are actually powerless and can only watch from afar.
Attempts to reach Mr Aniekan Umanah proved abortive as he didn’t respond to calls or SMS sent to his phone.