Heavily armed gunmen invaded the house of Mary Ekpenyong, aide to the Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday in Jabi area of Abuja.
A man securing the compound said the armed gunmen forcefully gained entrance into the house after breaking down the door. He added that the men invaded the house for about 3 hours and held him hostage.
“It was about exactly 10.30 am that six armed persons came to the compound, and asked for Madam, and I told them the family traveled to Akwa Ibom”, the security man told Next Edition.
“When I asked them to identify themselves, they shouted at me to shut up. One of them asked me to produce the keys to the house, and threatened to deal with me, if I don’t oblige them.
“They told me they came to find the stockpile of arms and money, hidden in the compound by the Senate Minority Leader.
“Since I couldn’t produce the keys, they brought out some equipment and forced the doors open, and ransacked all the rooms.”
A source at the Headquarters of the People Democratic Party, PDP, who spoke to newsmen on anonymity said the Federal government was targeting Godswill Akpabio. The source said:
“As soon as the Supreme Court delivered the ruling that restored order in our party, the APC-led government became jittery, because with the PDP bouncing back, they would not have a smooth time lying to Nigerians any longer.”
“With the PDP now at peace, they are afraid of what would happen in 2019, and are desperately trying to cow our senior members.”
“We learnt that they are targeting high ranking members of the party, including the National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and Senate Minority Leader, Godswil Akpabio, among others.
“They are also angry, because of the failure of the Senate to confirm the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, and they believe that the PDP Senators, are the ones blocking the confirmation.”