A coalition of militant under the aegis of the Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) have issued a 14 days ultimatum to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State to publish all federal allocations to the local governments in the State.
The agitators in a statement released at the weekend asked the governor to make public records of council allocations received by the state from June 2015 to date, failing which they will stage a mass protest, which may lead to some grave impacts on the state.
The group earlier accused the Emmanuel administration of stalling development at the grassroots by tampering with council funds since his assumption of office in 2015, an allegation which the government denied.
Captain Victor Eyoh, the state commander of the NDLF then asked the state government to prove its innocence by making public records of council allocations.
The statement said: “For the avoidance of doubt, as indigenes of Akwa Ibom State, we are aware that during the first five months after the inauguration of the outgoing local government councils, the 31 councils were operating on zero allocations.
“In subsequent months, N6 to N8million per month were disbursed to each local government for the payment of political office holders, elected councillors and traditional rulers.
“We, therefore, stand by our earlier claims that the state government has been illegally tampering with local government funds, and challenge the government to publish for public scrutiny details of the monthly receipts of revenue from the Federation Account from June 2015 in respect of the allocations to the 31 local governments and records of disbursements of same to the councils,” the group said.