What was a routine overtaking of a three-car convoy on the very busy Marian Road in Calabar, yesterday at about 8.35 pm, Saturday, September 26, 2015, became a close shave with death when two gun touting security personnel attached to the member representing Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi Federal Constituency in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Essien Ayi, viciously assaulted and in the process injured one Thomas Ikpi, who overtook the legislator’s convoy close to the Hi-Quality Bakery axis of Marian Road.
A www.calitown.com eyewitness say, “as the man (Ikpi) who was driving a Mercedes attempted to overtake the convoy, the Tundra in the convoy blocked him and the security men jumped down and they all started arguing. From the other two cars, a Honda and a BMW, seven boys jumped down and started assaulting Ikpi who was overwhelmed. One of the security men hit the back of Ikpi’s head with the butt of his gun, inflicting a deep cut on his head from where blood gushed out uncontrollably. Seeing that the matter was beginning to attract a large crowd, they all jumped into their vehicles and took off, leaving Ikpi in his pool of blood”.
While it has been ascertained that Ayi was not in any of the vehicles when the incident took place, the action of his security personnel and thugs, is another sad pointer to the vicious disposition of security men attached to some politicians.
At the State Housing Police Station where Ikpi is said to have incidented the matter, police sources who prefer to remain anonymous told www.calitown.com that, rather than assault him, “if the security men felt his overtaking was threatening their work, they should have arrested him and taken him to the nearest police station, instead of assault him”.
It was impossible to speak with Ayi, at press time, but sources around him are insisting that he has expressed displeasure at the actions of his aides and has tried to get in touch with Ikpi; something www.calitown.com could not independently ascertain at press time.
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