The Akwa Ibom commissioner of Police, Aniekan Umanah, has intervened in the reports that Bassey Edet, the official driver of the governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, was not a personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.
Umanah dismissed reports that the driver was an impersonator. He said contrary to those reports, Edet is a certified, trained spy policeman.
He said that Mr Edet’s Police Force Identification Number is 1522, having attended Police Training School, Ikeja, Lagos State, and wondered how he could be accused of breaching any rules by wearing his uniform.
Umanah, who displayed photocopies of Mr Edet’s Police identity card and certificates, explained that the officer is duly trained personnel of the police, working with the state government.
He dismissed as false, the allegation that the governor’s driver was defrauding financial institutions by taking multiple salaries, saying “I have it in good authority that the bank referred to in that false publication, like other international organisations, does not hire drivers, therefore, and could not have had his name on its payroll.”
The commissioner accused the media of displaying partisanship.