How soldiers at checkpoint ordered my brother, another male out of commercial bus, took them away since March – Akwa Ibom manAugust 7, 2021
Mr Ekerete Friday, 35, tells GODFREY GEORGE that his family is in search of his younger brother who was arrested in Akwa Ibom State by military since March
What is your name?
My name is Ekerete Friday. I am 35 years old. I am the brother of Jackson Friday, who was arrested by military men some months ago. He is just 25 years old. He was born in 1996.
How and where were your brother arrested?
Actually, my brother was living with my elder brother in Port Harcourt, where he learnt a skill. Due to our mother’s illness, my father called my brother’s boss in Port Harcourt to permit Jackson to come back to Ikot Ukong Offiong in Urua Akpan village, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom, and help my mother with some farm work and also take care of her since all of us are married and have our own families.
On Sunday, March 28, 2021, I went to the village to see my mom with my wife and children and I saw my brother. That day, he couldn’t go to church because of farm work. I joined him on the farm and we finished the work together. On our return, I asked our mom the day Jackson would be going back and she said after harvesting some cassava from our other farm the next day, he would return to Port Harcourt on Tuesday, March 30. I called his boss and told him that my brother would return on March 30 and he had no issues with that. That same day, I returned to Uyo with my family where we are based.
Surprisingly, on that March 30 when he was to travel, he went to Nsasak Park to board a bus. On his way, along Urua Akpan, the road that leads to Oko and Ita, some military men accosted their bus. There were two Hilux vans parked at the checkpoint filled with soldiers. They arrested the only two men in the bus apart from the driver and told the driver to move on.