Read the family’s press statement below:
Odudu Ukpanah, 33, a masters degree holder from Coventry University, United Kingdom, and the only son of the late chieftain of the PDP, in Akwa Ibom State, Engr.
Albert Jimmy Ukpanah, who was falsely accused of killing his father by the government of Godswill Akpabio was finally discharged and acquitted on Thursday June 2, 2016 by the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, Abak Division, presided over by Justice Ezekiel Enang.
The late outspoken politician, Engr. Ukpanah, was assassinated on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at his residence. The Police Investigation Report dated 25th Match, 2014 clearly stated that the murder was “politically motivated”.
But the then government of Akpabio framed-up the man’s only son and had him arrested, detained and prosecuted for the murder. Odudu had spent almost one year in prison custody for a crime he knew nothing about before he was granted bail.
Today, we have been vindicated and the DEVIL has been put to shame. The malicious trial has finally ended on a victorious note as the court has affirmed our position that Odudu did not kill his father.
Godswill Akpabio shame on you.
Onbehalf of the #ReleaseOduduUkpanah Campaign, I commend the judge for standing on the side of truth and not submitting to the machinations of the evil ones. Justice has been served and the truth has been upheld.
I commend all those who fought this battle with us. May God reward you all immensely.
To Odudu, I say congratulations for becoming a hero. You are a great man and your star will continue to shine beyond the reach your enemies.
To Uduak Ukpanah, Eki Jimmy-umoren and Ofonime Pushie Ukpanah, I say may God bless you for standing by your one and only brother to the end. The love and support you demonstrated towards Odudu is a lesson for history and the society.