My dad was persuaded to drink gin that killed him – Son of deceased Akwa Ibom youth president


Kingsley is the first son of the late Nsie community youth president, Aniefiok Mkpo-Abasi, allegedly poisoned to death in the Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom amid leadership crisis in the area.
He tells PATRICK ODEY what led to his father’s death

Your dad was alleged to have died after he was poisoned. How did it happen?

I was with him on that fateful day. I took him on a bike to the house of Walter Ukoh, also called ‘Equaliser’. This man had an issue with his wife and wanted to divorce her. He took the issue to the paramount ruler of the Okobo LGA. So, one Thursday, the paramount ruler called my father and the village head. He told my father to handle the divorce case.

 One Sunday, my father told me to take him to Ukoh’s house. When we got there, the secretary to the paramount ruler was already waiting for my dad with a list which he showed to my dad that the list was from the paramount ruler.

When they sat down in Ukoh’s house, someone (name withheld) brought out four litres of local gin. And after shaking the container, he poured some contents for my dad to drink. He told my father that he was surprised seeing my father in his house. My dad told him that he was there because of the issue of divorce.

He immediately told my father that he did not want my father to handle the case. After that, he told my father to drink the local mixture so that another person would be served since there was only one cup. Immediately my father drank the local gin, he started sweating.

He also served them with bitter kola which he used his teeth to cut. Soon after, my father started feeling uncomfortable and asked me to take him home.

 At this time, he was sweating all over his body. He asked for palm oil and when the oil was brought, he was too weak to take it. By the time he was taken to the church, he was already dead.

It was learnt that four people drank the same local gin. Why are you convinced that the drink was poisoned?

It was not four people that took the drink. The man that brought it did not drink from it. I was there, so I saw that he didn’t drink from it. It was the paramount ruler’s secretary that drank it. My father was forced to drink it first.

Before his death, was there any personal issue between the person that served him the drink and your father?

There was no issue between them to the best of my knowledge. He even told my father that he was a good man who settled disputes in the community.

Why then do you think he conspired to poison your father?

The problem is that people have told my father that they don’t like him in the village. People in the church also told my father to be careful in the village and be mindful of what he said and the food he ate; that he was a problem to the community and that whenever there was a problem, he was the one that made efforts and solved the problem. So, many bad people didn’t like him. There is a girl in the compound of the deceased village head who behaves as if she is mad or insane. One day, she told my father that he should be careful and that they were planning to kill him.

How has your family been coping since your father died?

My father was good to everybody. He took good care of us. Before he died, he promised to do everything for me, including sending me to university after my secondary education. In fact, everything about me has been shattered. I don’t know what to do again in life. He did not tell me anything about himself, nothing. So, I don’t know where to start because he was everything to us in the family.

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