The arrest of one Victor Mkpofor Ntekim, a suspected militants leader, alleged to have formed a separatist group, Oro Freedom Fighters (OFF), with the intent of using the platform to perpetrate terrorism has brought about a lot of upheaval in Akwa ibom state.
42 year old Victor Ntekin, 42, was charged to court alongside two other suspects-Prince Thomas Ebrenam, 34, and Edem Edem Ekeng, 44.
According to the charge sheet number MU\173\2017 preferred against the trio at the Uyo Magistrate Court, the suspects were alleged to have formed the OFF group at the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHECDC) office, Oron Local Government Area of the State in December 2016, for the purposes of terrorism and other violent activities..
In the second charge, the suspects were accused of sending a threat letter to one Comfort Odungide, the Marketing Manager of the Oron branch of PHECDC, stressing that the two offenses were punishable under section 552 of the criminal code, Cap 38laws of Akwa Ibom State and section 6(2) of the State’s Internal Security and Enforcement Law, 2009.
The suspects, who were refused bail and remanded in the Uyo prisons till the next adjourned date, denied the charges, saying the Department of State Services (DSS) only fabricated charges against them
Meanwhile, the leaders of a civil right organisation, Oro Youth Movement (OYOM), which Ntekim is the National President, have decried the arrest and subsequent charge to court of their leader.
They accused Department of State Services (DSS) of prosecuting their President on what they described as “trump up charges”.
“Our National President, Victor Mkpofor Ntekim, has no link with the Oro Freedom Fighters (OFF), as alleged by the DSS in their charges before the Court in Uyo”, he said.