A Nigerian and United States citizen, Da Zion Umoh, who was detained for a number of months by the police in Akwa Ibom State, for criticizing the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, has raised the alarm over the dying threats he obtained in his home.
Umoh famous that he couldn’t sleep once more in his home as unknown individuals allegedly linked to the state authorities had been threatening to kill him and his relations.
The Akwa Ibom indigene narrated his ordeal within the arms of the police to SaharaReporters, saying the operatives tried to extort $50,000 from him to drop the trumped-up expenses.
SaharaReporters obtained a replica of the discover of dying risk on the person’s household.
The discover partly reads, “Da Zion Umoh; this is the last warning to you. If you don’t stop fighting the Akwa Ibom state government, Governor Udom Emmanuel and Deputy Governor Pa Moses Ekpo, we will kill your entire family while you are in prison and your friend, Godswill Akpabio, will not do anything.
“We transferred you from Ikot Ekpene jail to Uyo jail so that you can undergo and your pal, Godswill Akpabio, couldn’t allow you to.”
Umoh, after that, narrated his ordeal for months in the hands of the police.
He said, “I got here to Nigeria from America within the first week of December 2020 in direction of my marriage ceremony that passed off on December 19, 2020, at CKC Barracks Road. After my marriage ceremony on December 19, I used to be invited by the police on December 22 that there was a petition towards me by the state authorities.
“I was told that I supported the EndSARS protest by inciting the youths and making a video in Dallas, Texas, back in October 2020. I was held at the police cell from 22 to December 24, 2020, and was released on bail.
“On December 28, 2020, the police referred to as me to return again to the station with a promise that the Deputy Governor who wrote the petition towards me wished to squash the case and permit me to be, so I went to the station once more whereas on bail and was arrested once more and brought to court docket the place they obtained a court docket order to remand me in jail custody.
“My charges were “Threat to Life and Conspiracy,” although there was no case to show that I conspired with someone. I spent a month and a half in custody with “Threat to Life and Conspiracy” charges.
“After a month and a half, I used to be about to be given bail however the police got here and dropped the “Threat to life/Conspiracy” expenses and my bail utility was revoked instantly, which stored me in jail for nearly two months earlier than I used to be granted a bail with a brand new cost of “terrorism” which implies that I used to be held in jail for over a month with two unsuitable expenses of “threat to life and conspiracy.”
“I was released from prison and now facing the trial with the state government, while the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State as the petitioner has not for once appeared at the court.
“The trial was scheduled for the primary week of June 2020 and appeared on the court docket however the trial was now shifted to twenty seventh, twenty eighth and twenty ninth July and everyone knows that that is only a delay tactic from Akwa Ibom State to maintain me right here in Nigeria away from my spouse and youngsters.
“I am a US citizen by birth but I am being held hostage in Akwa Ibom State by the Akwa Ibom State Government. They have no right to hold a US passport which is a US government property but they are holding it just because they feel that they are above the law.
” Someone on the US Consulate in Nigeria by the identify Kevin reached out to Akwa Ibom State Attorney General after I was in jail with two unsuitable expenses of “Threat to Life and Conspiracy,” and he took time and defined to the US Consulate why I used to be given these expenses and he assured him that these have been the fitting expenses though they could not present or talked about somebody that I conspired with.”
Umoh noted that the state government had refused to explain to the US Consulate and US Government why he was imprisoned for more than a month on two false charges.
“My gold necklace and my gold bracelet have been taken from me by the law enforcement officials on December 24, 2020, and until as we speak, they are saying they cannot discover these gadgets, and so they have refused to tender them to me.
“A threat letter was also pasted on my gate while I was in prison and since then, I have been hiding from one place to another because my house is not safe,” Umoh added.