Armed robbers attack AKSEPWMA office in Uyo
By Emma Akpabio
A gang of armed robbers on the early hours of today, attacked the office complex of the Akwa Ibom State Environmental protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA) located along Park road in Itam, Uyo Metropolis.
According the staff of Iron gate security services who were on duty, the robbery operation which Started at about 1am of Friday April 4, 2019, was said to have lasted for about 4hours without any interruption by security operatives.
“We were at our duty post when we heard peoples voices, my colleague and I stood up and tried to make some moves, when unknown men numbering over ten, halted our movements. They overpowered us, forced us to the ground while our legs and hands were tied together. While we were on ground, we heard them breaking into the office blocks, power house and warehouse of the Agency”
The Chief Security officer of the Agency Mr Joseph Francis, confirmed that the offices of the Board Chairman – Hon Prince Ikim, Administrative Officer, power house, ware house where confiscated items are kept and other offices of the Agency were properly ransacked.
As at the interview time, Mr Francis stated that proper stock of items stolen were yet to be taken. According to Francis, invaluable parts of the Compactors used for waste evacuation, battery of the agency generator and some confiscated items, amongst other items, were reported to be missing.
Confirming the incident, the Nigeria Police force, through CSP Francis Irabor who is the DPO of D- Division, a stone throw from the crime scene, stated that he had sent his men to the crime scene to get some pictorial evidence. CSP Irabor who described Akwa Ibom as a peaceful state, promised to investigate and bring the perpetrators to face full weight of the law.