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Militants attack shipyard in Akwa Ibom over failure to pay N20m settlement

Suspected militants on Monday attacked facilities at the new Norfin Offshore Shipyard located at the boundary shoreline of Ikot Ukpong in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

This followed the company’s alleged inability to allegedly settle them with the sum of N20m.

The attacks, it was gathered, led to the postponement of the commissioning of the shipyard initially billed for January 23, 2021 to January 30, by the Governor Udom Emmanuel

The armed men reportedly arrived at the yard at about 5am, shot sporadically to scare off security workers around the site before unleashing their explosives into the multimillion naira dredging facility of the company.

Chairman of the facility, Engr. Iniekong Charles Udonwa, who briefed newsmen at the site, condemned the damage done to facilities at the shipyard by the suspected militant group from Ogoni part of Rivers State.

According to Udonwa, “they said we cannot start any business with the government of Akwa Ibom without settling them.

“They kept telling our staff to tell the government of Akwa Ibom to reach out to them since they are in charge of both Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. Where do they expect me to get N20m naira from to give them after destroying our machine worth N60 million?”

He said he felt discouraged and demoralised by the incident adding that he was contemplating taking his investment elsewhere.

“The investment was borne out of my desire to contribute to the development of the State by providing employment opportunities for her teeming youths.

“At the last count, over 100 staff are working at the Shipyard with 4 of them from neighbouring Rivers State.” He said.

Engr. Udonwa appealed for a prompt intervention from the State government to forestall a recurrence of the ugly incident.

He however said the decision to postpone the date of the launch was regrettable and apologize for the inconveniences.

‘I Did It In Self-defence’ – Says Corps Member Who Killed ‘Lover’ In Akwa Ibom

The corps member who stabbed a young man to death in Akwa Ibom has said she did it in self-defence.

Princess Odume, the accused person, has been remanded in police custody since Sunday after neighbours caught her trying to jump over a fence after killing the young man.

On Tuesday, the police spokesperson in the state, Odiko Ogbeche-Macdon, said the young man killed by Odume has been duly identified as Japhet Akwaowo.

Ogbeche-Macdon said Odume claimed Akwaowo threatened to kill her upon her refusal to oblige his request to remove her clothes so that he could have sex with her.

He said, “She actually killed the young man identified as Akwaowo Japhet. She said she went to buy bean cake, akara, and saw a man that beckoned to her to come over to him. She said she went to meet him, they got talking and she found herself in his house.

“She said she waited for him outside and he went inside to bring a knife. He said he was going to stab her and no one would know what happened.

“She also said Japhet asked her to remove her clothes and she refused. What basically happened was that she overpowered him.”

Odume was arrested by the police after she allegedly hacked Akwaowo to death with a machete.

The young woman, who is said to be a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, was stripped naked and humiliated by neighbours of the deceased who caught her trying to jump over the fence with the cutlass.

I Can’t Believe My Girlfriend Killed A Man With Machete In Akwa Ibom – Lover Of Accused Corps Member

A self acclaimed ‘real’ boyfriend of the corps member who killed a man in Akwa Ibom state has finally broken his silence.

Henry Obiakwa claims to be the real boyfriend of Princess Odume, the corps member who allegedly killed a young man in Akwa Ibom on Sunday with a machete.

According to Obiakwa, Odume is not capable of committing such a crime.

Odume was stripped naked and beaten after she was allegedly apprehended for killing the deceased. The police later arrived at the scene and took her to the station.

In an interview with SaharaReporters on Monday, Obiakwa said he did not think Odume was capable of committing the offence.
Obiakwa said he had been in a relationship with Odume for over a year though he added that the relationship was shaky because of the long distance between them.

According to Obiakwa, Odume is a very peaceful woman who is not violent. He said when she is angry, she keeps quiet.

He said, “We started dating two years ago. Though I live far away and you know how long-distance relationships can be. I came back last October for a traditional wedding which I invited her to attend with me and she came.

We never broke up just that the relationship is no longer how it is supposed to be.

“Since I have known her, she has never been a violent person. Whenever she is angry, all she does is to keep quiet. I don’t think she can kill someone except she says it herself.”

Obiakwa also said he lives in Lagos, while Odume who was living in Enugu with her family, was recently posted to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for her one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps programme.

When asked if she ever told him of any threat to her life by anyone, Obiakwa said there was nothing of such.

“She never told me anything about this other guy though I spoke with her four days ago before I travelled to Ondo where I get my wares from.

She also never told me of any threat to her life,” he said.
Obiakwa said he had called the mother of the accused person, who told him she was on her way to Uyo, where her daughter is being detained.

Also speaking, Emilia Sophia, a friend of Odume, said she believed her friend was being set up and that she could never kill anyone.

“She’s my very good friend and I strongly believe that she can’t do something like that. I believe they set her up, she can’t be so heartless to slaughter someone like that,” she said.

When asked if Odume had told her about any threat to her life, Sophie said Odume had posted something similar on Facebook though she (Sophie) never got the details.

“Yes, she actually said someone was trying to kill her. I tried to find out what happened from her but she told me that the problem had been solved. I didn’t know how serious she was then,” she said.

Sophia also confirmed that she only knew Obiakwa as Odume’s boyfriend, adding that she did not know the relationship her friend had with the young man who was murdered.

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.