An Officer of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Idongesit Williams Ntia, been fingered in an attempt to murder an Akwa Ibom man, in Uyo.
It was reported that the Prisons Officer, in a company of two of his colleagues, attempted to kill a certain Emem Ekanim, over a minor accident which occurred along Nnwaniba Road in Uyo, last week, between a commercial minibus and a private vehicle belonging to the said Prisons Officer.
The commercial minibus is said to have run into the back bumper of the Prisons Officer, although without much damage.
Narrating his ordeal to our reporter, the victim, Emem Ekanim, said he was on transit along Nnwaniba Road when he saw the said Prisons Officer and two other of his colleagues beating up a Mini Bus Driver who was obviously pleading for mercy.
Just like other passersby, Ekanim
said he stopped by to intervene and plead on behalf of the minibus driver who was at this time on the ground, begging to be spared and admitted being at fault.
Ekanim said it was while he was pleading on behalf of the driver that another passerby asked, who they were, he replied, Prison Officers. The Prisons Officer, Idongesit Williams Ntia, who was on mufti, pulled and cocked his gun, before using the butt of the same gun to hit him about four consecutive times in the right eyes.
He narrated that he was also beaten to pulp, with his clothes torn, while it took efforts of the crowd that gathered to save him.
After allegedly committing the offense, Ekanim said the Officer and his colleagues jumped into his car and zoomed off.
An eyewitness, Akaninyene Bassey, while speaking to our reporter, condemned the incident and urged the authorities concerned to ensure the culprit is brought to book.
Another eyewitness, Usen Akpan, collaborated that the victim was only trying to plead on behalf of the minibus driver when the Prisons Man whom he described as overzealous, started acting like a "demon-possessed beast."
The victim is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital, in Uyo.
Reported By Akaniyene Etim