ONOFIOK LUKE DID NOT MOLEST DAVID UDO – Fed High Court
… As PDP Spokesman Says Judgement Aligns with the Personality of AKHA Speaker
– Ak Kingsley
A federal High Court sitting in Uyo has struck out a case against the Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. (Barr) Onofiok Luke. The court in an alleged breach of fundamental human rights, held that the evidence brought before it cannot validate the claims that Speaker Luke personally ordered and supervised an assault on one Mr David Udo (the applicant) along Obot Idim Ibesikpo Road.
While delivering the ruling on Monday morning, Justice F. O. Riman, explained that the allegation by the applicant lacks merit. This is because there is no evidence to support the claim. He made it known that the court only rules on cases based on available evidence brought before it.
Reacting to the ruling, a counsel to the defendant, Barr Ini Ememobong, who is also the state Publicity Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision, adding that it affirms the true personality of Speaker Luke, as known by everyone. He said, “I am excited as a member of his legal team that this judgement is a reminder to Onofiok ‘s humility and to humanity.”
“The judgement aligns with logical reasoning. It aligns with who Akwa Ibom people know onofiok Luke to be. The judgement aligns with the character of a young man has respect for the elders.”
“That judgement confirms a young man who kneels to greet elders. It confirms a young man who prostrates to greet old women in his village. It also shows that God rules over the affairs of men”, says Ini Ememobong.
Udo A Cheat – Ememobong
Ememobong also frowned at the attempt by the applicant represented by Barr Inibehe Effiong, to unduly exploit Rt Hon Onofiok Luke and make money illegally. In his words, “from the history of this case there has been a clearly intended propaganda machinery to malign the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and to corruptly enrich the applicant through the legal apparatus of huge sum that he has never dreamt of in his entire life and can not legally make it.”
However, Mr Udo had filed a suit, accusing the Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly of breach of his fundamental right of movement and supervising public assault on him and demanded a damage fee of Five Hundred Million Naria (N500, 000, 000). However, the court maintained that Udo was unable to prove his claims beyond doubt and consequently dismissed the suit for lack of merit.