Popular Nigerian Senator’s convoy kills couple [Photos]
It has been reported that a lawmaker representing the Eket Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom South), Mrs. Akon Iyakenyi, was travelling along the Calabar-Itu Highway in a convoy of vehicles when a couple was killed. Mrs. Iyakenyi was returning to Uyo, the capital of the state of Akwa-Ibom, after a campaign tour.
Thee incident sparked protests from the community of Akon-Itam in Akwa Ibom State’s Itu Local Government Area (LGA).
As Pastor Umo Eno’s running mate in the upcoming elections in 2023, Senator Iyakenyi is the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) deputy governorship candidate.
Utibe Inyang, one of the irate youths, explained that the convoy struck the couple on the motorcycle while attempting to manoeuvre the constantly congested highway bridging the neighbouring Calabar, Cross River State.
He claimed that the reason the youths were upset was because the Senator had given the late couple’s family a “paltry” sum of N2 million.
“The pains we are still feeling now are because of the disdainful attitude demonstrated by the Deputy Governorship candidate without considering how these young orphans would be raised and developed without their parents,” Inyang said. “The couple killed by her convoy died and left behind three young children.”
Samuel Duncan, the senator’s media assistant, provided a different account of the events in a statement.
According to Duncan, the couple’s murderer was “a hit-and-run driver in a Toyota Sienna.”
The statement reads: “Following reports of an accident that occurred around the Obong-Itam stretch of the Calabar-Itu Highway on December 23, 2022, we have received a flood of calls and concerns from friends, colleagues, associates, supporters, and well-wishers over the safety of Senator Akon Eyakenyi, representing Akwa Ibom South District and PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate.
“A hit-and-run driver in a Toyota Sienna collided with a motorbike carrying a woman at an intersection, throwing both the rider and passenger into the right of way of the vehicle carrying Senator Eyakenyi as she was travelling to represent PDP Governorship Candidate, Pst. Umo Eno, at an event in Uruan LGA.
Eyewitnesses struggled in vain to clear the convoy of any wrongdoing in the incident, and Senator Eyakenyi stood by to restrain her security aides from engaging in physical altercation with the enraged mob, which led to the unprovoked attack on the senator’s vehicle that was depicted in some sections of the media.
“Our office has reported the incident to the Police in the hopes that the hit-and-run driver will be found, and we want to reiterate our commitment to working with them to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
We express our condolences to the families of the unfortunate victims and disapprove of any efforts to politicise the preventable spill.