By Endurance Onun:
Convoy of Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams yesterday opened fire on the vehicle of one Mr. Asuquo Felix, a lecturer in the Cross River State College of Education (COE).
Mr. Asuquo was said to be driving his Toyota Corolla car with registration number; “KAM-325AY” from COE campus, Akamkpa to Calabar, the State Capital in company of two(2) of his colleagues when the altercation ensued.
According to our reporter, somewhere around the gmelina trees area of Akamkpa, the Speaker’s convoy was, with heavy speed, overtaking Asuquo and other road users when the last vehicle in the convoy bashed Asuquo’s car and without slowing down to examine the level of damage caused on Asuquo’s car, the Speaker’s convoy went ahead, ahead.
Not happy with the show of remorselessness, Asuquo decided to chase the convoy in other to get the Speaker’s attention. Because the convoy rode on high speed, Asuquo could not catch up until when the convoy eventually slowed down at Odukpani Junction where the road’s bad condition does not permit speed ride.
On meeting-up with the convoy, Asuquo and his two lecturer colleagues in the car intercepted the convoy that they could demand for an apology and/or possible repairs of their car. But being unfortunate, the security personnel attached to the convoy hurried out, got Asuquo beaten to an extend his clothes were tore. As if that was not enough, they destroyed his windscreen and went on to open fire on his four(4) vehicle tyres so he could not chase them further. Afterwhich, the Speaker and his convoy zoomed off.
When Moon Ray News phoned the Speaker’s Press Secretary, Mr. Hope Obeten this morning, he [Obeten], being in the convoy explained how four unknown guys in a Toyota Corolla tried to attack the Speaker, safe for the security operatives who repelled the alleged planned attack.
According to Hope Obeten, the guys attempted to break into the convoy somewhere at Akamkpa but did not succeed and when the backup vehicle (the last in the convoy) signal the unknown guys to pull over their car, they obeyed. Hope said a misunderstanding broke and the guys harrased up the only security personnel in the backup vehicle; to a point, they attempted collecting his gun.
He explained that even when the harrased security personnel escaped to his car to catch up with the convoy, the unknown guys followed-up until at Odukpani Junction where the convoy slowed down due to the bad road condition.
At Odukpani Junction, Obeten said the unknown car overtook the convoy in a way that it wanted to stop its move. This, he said, alerted the security personnel who, themselves, block the unknown vehicle, came out and interrogated the driver and consequently opened fire at his vehicle’s tyres. “Ofcourse it is a security breach, so, they have to shoot at his tyres which is part of their job, because for the DSS, they need to protect their principal first,” Obeten said verbatim.
As for the destroyed windscreen, Obeten said the windscreen was destroyed when the unknown guys hit some vehicles in the convoy. He denied that their security personnel touched the guy’s windscreen.
Mr. Asuquo Felix’s comment has not been captured as calls to his cell phones returned unanswered while this report was prepared.