By Ime Silas
As at the time of filing this report, the international Headquarters of the famous Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio (MMI) on Udoudoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has been reportedly taken over by men of the Nigeria Police force and some ‘plain colour’ persons believed to be personnel of the Directorate of State Security (DSS), popularly known as SSS.
The main entrance to the Mboho House was under lock and key while the security personnel kept watch, restraining people’s entrance into the Secretariat.
Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, founded in 1987, is a sociocultural organization for the Ibibio people, mostly of advanced youthful age. Ibibio is the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria and the largest in Akwa Ibom State.
Our correspondent who visited the Mboho Headquarters upon a tipoff, met members of the organization gazing from outside, while their cars were parked on the outer side of the fence.
Some members who managed to speak to our correspondent on strict confidentiality said they were to have their meeting at the Headquarters at 3:00 pm today (Sunday), only to meet security personnel at the premises, while they locked same.
Our correspondent gathered that the International President of the Mboho, Akparawa Patrick Udofia, who was allegedly the target of the security personnel was no where to be found.
Meanwhile, preliminary investigations reveal that the crisis, which had the Oku Ibom Ibibio making efforts to resolve, was not unconnected with the change of leadership of the organization. The current administration led by Akparawa Patrick has few months to round off.
There were some allegations against the International President, which as gathered, prompted the intervention and presence of security personnel at the Mboho premises.
Officials of the organization could not be reached for comments as at press time.
More details later…