The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned the gruesome murder of Mrs. Erasmus Effanga and Mr. Basil Effanga, the mother and brother respectively of its Akwa Ibom State spokesman, Francis Effanga. Their lifeless and decomposing bodies were found in a room in their residence in Mbinkpa Atan village in the State on Sunday, August 5, the party said today in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.It warned that the gruesome murder of the two Effangas was further proof of the culture of violence and the systemic decimation of its members in Akwa Ibom State, and called on the Presidency to rise above partisan politics and direct the relevant security agencies to apprehend the killers.
‘It will be recalled that in the run-up to the 2011 general elections Akwa Ibom held unenviable record of being the goriest killing field in the entire country, and the ACN’s spokesman in the state Mr. Francis Effanga was a thorn in the flesh of the PDP rampaging machinery of oppression and destruction of lives and properties, a role which earned him unjustified persecution, arrest and detention,” the statement said.
It added that the gruesome murder of Mrs. Erasmus Effanga and Mr. Basil Effanga confirms that the reign of politics of intolerance, assassinations and kidnappings of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State is far from over, noting that it has so far claimed over 100 lives.The ACN called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately direct the relevant security agencies to investigate and fish out the culprits.
“Strong determination in the fight against impunities is absolutely crucial to deter further crimes, uphold the rule of law and protect public trust in the justice system,” the party said.