Ini Ekpo, counsel to founder of Reigners’ Bible Church, Apostle Akan Weeks, was on Thursday morning, shot by unknown gunmen at his resident in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
It was learnt that the gunmen gained the entrance through the main gate around 2:27am and advanced to his room where they shot him twice on his two legs.
The assailants were said to have taken four laptops.
A family source, who did not want to be named, told our correspondent that the assailants accused Ekpo of being responsible for the lies Weeks told the commission.
Ekpo is said to be recuperating in the undisclosed private hospital where he is receiving care.
The state chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Aniekan Akpan, confirmed the incident.
Akpan said Ekpo was shot last night around 2am on his two legs.
He stated that he just returned from hospital where Ekpo is receiving treatment.
He explained that the police were investigating the matter to unravel if the attack was an assassination attempt or armed robbery.
His words: “I am just from the hospital now, where Ekpo is receiving treatment. The police are working on it to unravel the reason for the attack.”
When contacted, the State’s Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, confirmed the development.
ASP Nwawe said Ekpo was shot by hoodlums while his laptops were carted away.
Her words: “We are on their trail. He was shot by hoodlums around Cabalar-Itu road. We are currently on their trail. He is responding to treatment. It was a robbery attempt.”
Ekpo was the lead counsel to Apostle Weeks during the Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to determine the immediate and remote cause of the collapsed Reigners’ Bible Church building in Uyo Village Road on December 10, 2016.
He had vehemently defended his client up to the extent of seeking compensation for Weeks.
The collapsed building killed scores of worshippers and injuring hundreds.