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Police Arrest Restauranteur Who Cooks With “Mortuary Water” in Akwa Ibom

A female restauranteur in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has been arrested for selling to the public food prepared with water used in bathing corpses.

Mrs Gloria Edet a.k.a.Madam Honey Food, who owns a restaurant along Itam road Uyo,was arrested on Wednesday after she was exposed by a mortuary attendant who claimed she was owing him money for three months.

The morgue attendant further claimed that Edet visits him daily to buy the water he used in bathing corpses.

On interrogation, Edet confessed that she uses the water she buys from the mortuary to make the charms she uses in preparing the food she sells to attract more customers and make more money.

She said because of the charms anyone that goes into her restaurant to eat will automatically be addicted to eating her food.

The woman is reportedly at the police headquarters,Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo.

Oil spill: A’Ibom group demands N16.4bn compensation from NNPC

The Akwa Ibom Oil Producing Community Development Network has asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to pay the sum of N16.4bn being compensation for oil spills in some communities in the state.

The demand was contained in a letter addressed to NNPC Managing Director and signed by the organisation’s lawyer, Mr N. A. Williams.

The letter was copied Managing Director, Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited; the Managing Director, Sterling Oil Exploration & Energy Production Company Ltd; the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission; the Manager, Cooperate Lands Management, and the Village Head, Ikot Ada Udo Community, Ikot Abasi.

According to the letter, the organisation for many years has been demanding compensation from Shell Petroleum Development Company and other oil companies due to the negative effects of hydrocarbon pollution (oil spills, gas flaring and toxic waste dumping by Exxon Mobil and gas leakages/emissions from corked and uncorked wells, especially those belonging to SPDC Ibibio I oil spill at Ikot Ada Udo and elsewhere in the state.

The letter recalled that “in the case of Ikot Ada Udo, SPDC Ibibio 1 oil spill incident first occurred in the year 1997. It re-occurred in 1999, 2004 and lasted till 2007 due to Ibibio 1 oil well head facility failure.

“The spills resulted in the discharge of remarkable quantity of crude oil into the majorly rural farmlands and water bodies in Ikot Ada Udo and adjoining villages in Ikpa Nung Asang Clan in Ikot Abasi L.G.A, Ibiaku/Ukpum Minya Clans in Mkpat Enin L.G.A and Abak Midim in Oruk Anam L.G.A.

“The spills drastically affected the ecosystem, wellbeing of the inhabitants and the environment.

“Sequel to this unfavorable development, the community Attorney consulted an Accredited Estate Surveyors and Valuers who carried out valuation of the damages caused by the said spill/gas emissions which is in the sum of N4,136,484,000.00 only for Ikot Ada Udo.

“The valuation for villages in Ikpa Nung Asang in Ikot Abasi L.G.A, Ukpum Minya/Ibiaku Clan in Mkpat Enin L.G.A and other SPDC’s host communities in Akwa Ibom State is N12,266,950,000.00 (Twelve Billion, Two Hundred and Sixty-Six Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only, totaling N16,403,434,000.00.”

Akwa Ibom Govt refutes claims by Cross River Police on transportation of hoodlums

Press Release

The grave allegation by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Cross River State Command that the perpetrators of the dastardly acts of looting and arson that occurred in the Cross River State Capital, Calabar, came from Akwa Ibom is manifestly untrue and misleading.

This State Government’s position was arrived at after a comprehensive review of existing evidence by security agencies in our state. It became clear that the attacks on public and private property in Calabar was not and could not have been carried out by people who were transported from our state for that purpose, as there was no such transportation of hoodlums by water, from our state to Cross River State, as claimed by some fake reports.

There is a clear difference between an act committed by non-indigenous residents and that committed by people who are visiting for the purpose of commuting crime. The statement by the PPRO paints a picture that the hoodlums left Akwa Ibom to Cross River to commit the crime-this is false as both Naval Ships and other security agencies within the jurisdiction can attest that there was no such movement .

We are deeply concerned about such a careless statement by a Police Officer, as it has the capacity to create strife between the sister states. Moreover, We are also conscious that the now dreaded and globally condemned Xenophobia has its origin in such negative indiscretions.

We hereby restate here and for the records that, no hoodlums were loaded and transported in boats from Akwa Ibom to Cross River State as claimed by some reports and that the people who wrecked the senseless carnage in Calabar, did not go from Akwa Ibom state to commit the crime.

Signed:

Comrade Ini Ememobong

Honourable Commissioner for Information & Strategy

29102020

Akwa Ibom NUJ boycotts Fani-Kayode’s press conference

The state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Akwa Ibom state has directed its members to boycott a press conference planned for Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation.

In a statement on Friday, the chapter asked journalists not to attend any activity organised by the former minister.

Fani-Kayode announced his arrival in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, on Thursday.

Amos Etuk, the state NUJ chairman, said the decision to boycott any activity organised by Fani-Kayode was in line with the stance of the NUJ national leadership.

He said: “In line with the disposition of the national leadership of our great union, the State Council has directed that no journalist should attend a media parley with Femi Fani-Kayode or any of his activity at any location in Akwa Ibom State.

“The NUJ is not part of the visit.”

This came days after Fani-Kayode insulted a journalist for asking him what he described as a “stupid question” at a press conference after his tour of Cross River state.

The ex-minister, who began a tour of some states, especially those controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) states in July, visited Cross River last week.

At a press conference in Calabar, Cross River state capital, Eyo Charles, a journalist with Daily Trust, had asked a question about who was bankrolling Fani-Kayode’s trip.

The former minister felt offended by the question and went ahead to insult the journalist, referring to him as “very stupid”.

“I could see from your face before you got here, how stupid you are. Don’t ever talk to me like that. Who do you think you’re talking to. Bankroll who? You think I am one of those ones you… from who, when, how? You have a small mind, a very small mind. Don’t judge me by your own standards,” he had said.

His comments had generated widespread criticism from many Nigerians and groups, including the NUJ which described him as “intolerant and unstable”.

Chris Isiguzo, NUJ president, had said it is disappointing that Fani-Kayode, who holds leaders to account, is the same person attacking a journalist for doing his job.

“By denigrating the journalist, Fani Kayode has exposed himself the more as an intolerant and unstable person who will not want his activities closely scrutinised by the media,” he had said via a statement.

The former minister later regretted his use of the word, “stupid,” and apologised to his “friends in the media”.

Flood displaces 300 families, destroys 100 houses in Akwa Ibom

At least 100 houses have been destroyed and 300 families displaced in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, following a downpour which resulted in flooding in the area.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd gathered that the rain started about 3am on Sunday and ended at about 12noon, destroying many property and submerging a large section of the metropolis.

A resident of Eket who simply identified himself as Umoetuk said areas mostly affected include Grace Bill, Marina Junction and Udoh Umoh.

He said “the rain started lightly and after some time it became very heavy and the following morning we saw some houses submerged and properties destroyed.”

Another resident, Sam Abia said the flooding was a normal occurrence adding when it rains for two hours the whole area around Grace Bill will be usually flooded.

“Flooding around Grace Bill is a normal sight when it rains for two hours the whole area and the Grace Bill road would be flooded” he said.

A worker with the Eket Local government who spoke on condition of anonymity called on the council chairman, Frank Archibong, and Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, to come to the aid of the people by constructing a drainage system to address the menace.

“This is a yearly occurrence and we are appealing to the chairman of Eket and our Governor who is from this senatorial district to address this problem once and for all by constructing a drainage system to tackle the problem.”

Akwa Ibom Govt explains why it discharged 6 patients

Akwa Ibom State has explained why six patients who were undergoing treatment on suspicion of COVID-19 in the State, were discharged.

According to the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, the six were cleared and discharged on Wednesday from the COVID-19 Isolation Unit of the Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo after being confirmed negative from two tests conducted by the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC.

Addressing journalists on the COVID 19 Update on Wednesday, Dr Ekuwem said three of those discharged are from the initial five index cases reported in the state.

“While the five initial index cases in our state were still being attended to by our team of health professionals in one of the isolation centres, additional four samples were sent for testing alongside confirmation test for the initial five cases.

“The test results confirmed three of the initial five cases to be negative, while one of the four new samples tested positive.

“Thus, as we speak, Akwa Ibom has only three positive cases of Coronavirus. The confirmed negative cases were discharged earlier this afternoon.

“As you are aware, even before the first five index cases were reported in our State, through the foresightedness of our dear Governor, Akwa Ibom had put in place, a comprehensive Incident Management Committee.”

“I am happy to report that through the noble undertakings of the committee, the situation in our state has been effectively managed.”

Dr. Ekuwem also notified the media professionals of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s foresightedness in enabling majority of staple foods in the state are produced within, maintaining that the volume of items send to the respective villages would not have been possible if the government were to relied on importation.

“Beginning from Easter Monday, lorry loads of garri, flour, rice and beans, produced within Akwa Ibom State, started leaving warehouses for onward delivery to local government headquarters.

“Therefore, I am glad to intimate you that as we speak, the distribution of relief materials to our people ongoing and will be completed within the week.

He sued for continuous unwavering support for the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, in the task of developing the state, adding that the duty of fighting the virus was collective and can be won with the support of all.

The SSG was flanked by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the Commissioner for Information Sir Charles Udoh and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udoh.

COVID 19: Akwa Ibom Professionals Donate Over 11,000 PPE Units to AKS Medical Workers

In an attempt to mitigate risks borne by medical personnel in their line of duties as first responders in combating Coronavirus pandemic in the state, a group of Akwa Ibom professionals under the aegis of Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL) have donated 11,100 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Akwa Ibom State Branch.

The consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) comprised surgical face mask (50 packets * 100 units), latex gloves (50 pairs * 100 units), 3M face mask (20 packets * 25 units), disposable aprons (100 packets * 5 units) and goggles (1 packet * 100 units).

Presenting the items to the leadership of NMA at Dr’s Mess, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo; the Coordinator, Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos, Barr. Udom Inoyo, noted that the intervention was to support medical practitioners in the State and encourage them to deliver effective health services, especially amidst the present COVID 19 health crisis.

Barr. Udom Inoyo, represented by an accomplished legal practitioner, Barr. Edo Ukpong, thanked medical professionals in Akwa Ibom State for staking their lives to save others and particularly commended the Akwa Ibom State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association for collaboratively working with the State Government and other stakeholders in stemming the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the State.

“The Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL) identifies with our health workers, who, as first responders in combating COVID 19, put their lives, including those of family members at risk, so that all of us will be safe.

“We are therefore humbled to be supporting you at this time with some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that you can boldly discharge your duties.”

Receiving the donation, the Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch, Dr. Nsikak Nyoyoko expressed profound gratitude to CAKPIL for the very thoughtful and timely intervention, which he explained, will go a long way to better equip medical personnel in their fight against COVID 19.

Dr. Nsikak Nyoyoko applauded the gesture and pledged that the PPE would be appropriately distributed to doctors, nurses, medical scientists and health workers across the State.

A letter of appreciation addressed to the Coordinator, CAKPIL and jointly signed by the State Chairman, NMA and Secretary General, Dr. Ema Inyang, reads inter alia:

“The State Officers Committee (SOC) and the entirety of the Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch wish to extend its profuse gratitude to you and your organization on your thoughtful and timely donation of the under-listed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical personnel in the ongoing fight against the novel Coronavirus Disease SARS – Cov 2 (COVD 19).

“The NMA, Akwa Ibom State Branch, other healthcare workers and the good people of Akwa Ibom State are eternally grateful for your magnanimity and pray the good Lord to replenish the source of this kind donation.”

In his remarks at the hand-over event, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, ably represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong thanked Concerned Akwa Ibom State Professionals in Lagos for the donation, describing it as vital to the combat against COVID 19 in the State.

The Health Commissioner remarked on steps so far put in place by the Akwa Ibom State Government to contend the spread of the pandemic, commended medical personnel in the State for their enormous sacrifices so far and charged NMA to effectively deploy the donated items for use in their line of duties.

Dr Dominic Ukpong also spoke in glowing terms of the sustained contributions of the Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL) to Akwa Ibom State over the years and called on other well-meaning organizations, corporations and individuals to emulate the illuminating examples of CAKPIL, a group the Akwa Ibom State Governor, the Health Commissioner and a host of others once belonged. Dr. Ukpong himself is an erstwhile Chairman of NMA, Cross River State Branch (1988-1989), former National Chairman, NMA Committee for Regulation of Private Medical Practice in Nigeria (1988) and a retired Chief Medical Director and Country Manager, Medical and Occupational Health department, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (2010).

Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL), at the moment, has Udom Inoyo as its Coordinator; Uko Udom, SAN as its Secretary General and Uto Ukpanah as its Treasurer/Chairperson, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Speaking at the sidelines, the State Public Relations Officer of NMA, Akwa Ibom State Branch, Dr. Emmanuel John noted that NMA and the entire health professionals in the State were greatly encouraged to see others champion matters appertaining to their health and safety just like they champion the health and safety concerns of others.

The evidently elated Dr. John gave a hint as to what the donation of the 11,100 PPE units would mean to health workers in the state at a critical moment like the present.

“Before coming here this evening, I was at one of our State Isolation Centres at Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo. This afternoon, some of our doctors and medical workers expressed concerns that it was extremely needful that more PPE be provided to limit their risks of exposure to the dreaded virus, as they work to help others. As soon as we informed them that we were expecting donation of PPE from CAKPIL later in the day, they became greatly relieved and excited. God bless the donors for this very timely intervention.”

The PPE donation event held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, in strict compliance to personal and respiratory hygiene procedures. The manageable number of persons who attended the event also observed social distance guidelines.

COVID-19: Gov Udom announces 14 day total lockdown of Akwa Ibom

Following the confirmation of five suspected cases of the dreaded Corona Virus in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of all events of any nature for 14 days in the State.

This is to enable a thorough process of contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the five confirmed victims.

In a statewide broadcast Thursday afternoon, Governor Emmanuel explained that the Covid 19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the State isolation centres for proper management.

“There will be no movement of persons, except those on essential duties who must carry a proper means of identification on them at all times.

“All business premises, markets, shops, motor parks and offices except grocery shops and pharmacies, must remain closed during this period”.

Governor Emmanuel insisted that the relevant security agencies have been briefed to ensure strict compliance with the directive.

Although he admitted that no nation was 100% ready for Covid 19, he however assured that the disease has not met the state unprepared.

“Just 2 days ago, I inspected facilities at one of the isolation centres we have prepared for possible cases such as this. This is in addition to the already existing one in Ikot Ekpene, and I can assure you that other facilities are being prepared for similar use should the need for it arise.”

He warned against panic and fear, and enjoined the cooperation of all rather than resort to blame games.

“What we need to do is to stay at home, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, provide accurate and useful information to health workers whenever necessary.”

He said the virus can be contained if movements are restricted and advised anyone experiencing any of the symptoms of the illness or who has useful information on potential carriers, to immediately call the available emergency numbers.

While admitting that the total lockdown decision was a very tough one, the Governor however said it was the most logical step to be taken and assured that God will rescue the state from the evil plague.

“I can promise you that we will leave no stone unturned in the fight against this pandemic. We may have been bruised but we will not be broken. While hoping for the best, we will prepare for the worst, but be rest assured that whatever that worst may be, it will not break us.”

We sell male for N400,000, female for N300,000—Child trafficker

A suspected child trafficker, Ndukeabasi Okon, has revealed how they sell a male child for N400,000 and a female child for N300,000.

The suspect, who was arrested by policemen in Akwa Ibom State, revealed that she had been in the business of trafficking since 2016 with her husband, Ndianaabasi Okon, now at large.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Frederick Nnudam, who made the disclosure, said officers acted on a tip-off and swooped on the “babies’ factory,” rescuing a seven-month pregnant Peace Okon Sunday, aged 17, from Eka Ediene village, and Esther Jeremiah, 15, of Ikot Inyang village.

Nnudam also disclosed that a combined team of Itu Division and Anti-Child Theft equally intercepted an 18-seater bus with number plates YEN 709 XA, conveying six underage children.

He added that during investigation, the suspects, one Esther Asuquo Akpan, 42, and Otobong Solomon Akpan, 21, suspected traffickers, confessed that they were taking the victims to Osun State for child labour.

The victims included Akpan, 12; Edim, 14; Michael, 15; Amos, 16; Etim, 16; Akpan, 16, all males of Akpabuyo, Cross River State.

He said the command had transferred the children to Ministry of Women Affairs for custody, while the suspects were charged to court.

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Akwa Ibom: Police uncover babies’ factory

We sell male for N400,000 , female for N300,00 says suspect

The Police in Akwa Ibom State have busted child trafficking and theft syndicate who take possession of pregnant girls until delivery and sell out the babies reportedly at the rate of N400,000 and N300,000 for male and female respectively. in Oruk Anam council of the oil rich state.

The suspects are one Ndukeabasi Ndianabasi Okon, f, of Nung Ukim village Uyo and her husband one Ndianaabasi Okon, who is now at large.

Police Public Relations Officer, Frederick N-Nudam , Chief Superintendent of Police, who made the disclosure, said the Police acted on a tip-off , immediately swooped on the ‘’babies factory’’, rescuing two pregnant teenage victims, one Peace Okon Sunday, 17, from Eka Ediene Village with seven pregnancy and Esther Victor Jeremiah 15, of Ikot Inyang Village.

According to him, the female suspect during interrogations confessed that she and her husband now at large have been in the illicit business since 2016, adding that they normally sell male and female children at the rate of N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

CSP N-nudam also disclosed that a combined team of Itu Division and Anti-Child Theft equally intercepted an 18-seater a bus with registration number YEN 709 XA, conveying six under age children and that during investigation, the suspects, one Esther Asuquo Akpan, 42, and Otobong Solomon Akpan21, confessed that they were taken the victims to Osun State for child labour.

The victims included, Elisha Joseph Akpan, 12, Emmanuel Peter Edim, 14, Elijah Victor Michael, 15, Saviour Etete Amos, 16, Effanga Asuquo Etim, 16, , David Sunday Akpan, 16, all male of Akpabuyo, Cross River and that .

He said the Command had transferred the children to Ministry of Women Affairs for custody, while the suspects were charged to court.

Meanwhile, the Police have also arrested one Peace Bassey Okon who allegedly abducted one Joy Effiong Ekpeima, 16, and Peace Effiong Ekpeima, 17, in November, 2019 and taken them to her sister house in Ogun State, denying them access to contact their parents even as she subjected them to forced labour and exploitation .

He said, ‘’During questioning, suspect admitted sending the victims to her sister without their parents or guardians consent.

‘’Investigation revealed that the suspect took advantage of the victims being dropped out of school occasioned by their parents inability to pay their school fees and abducted them for forced labour

‘’In view of the above, operatives proceeded to Ogun State and arrested the suspect’s sister one Sandra Bassey who took custody of the victims. Suspects have been charged to court.’’

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