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UDOM EMMANUEL IS THE PRIDE OF A’IBOM STATE, THE PDP AND NIGERIA–PAUL EKPO …as Political Affairs Bureau flags-off Sign-On for Udom crusade

5 Jul

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By Edifon Abasi-Obot

Governor Udom Emmanuel has been described as the pride of Akwa Ibom State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) both in the state and national levels and of Nigeria as a whole.

The Chairman of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State and Chairman, Forum of PDP Chairmen in Nigeria, Obong Paul Ekpo made the pronouncement at the official flag-off ceremony of the Sign on for Udom programme, initiated by the Bureau of Political/ Legislative Affairs and Water Resources.

The PDP Chairman, on behalf of his party, commended the leadership of the Bureau for the initiative and for being steadfast and dedicated to the government of the Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Obong Ekpo said his party and the Bureau enjoy a healthy partnership. He maintained that the duo is on the same course, hence that the party strongly identifies with the Bureau in the Sign On programme, which he described as a laudable course.

Obong Paul Ekpo expressed appreciation for the various party men and women who form themselves into various group to support the effort of the Governor and the Party. He however urged them to be equipped with their Permanent Voters’ Cards and be ready to convert their support to victory for the party in due course.

He charged the supporters of Governor Udom Emmanuel and the PDP to take the Sign On back to their various villages, units and wards and to make sure that the Sign on for Udom reverberates at those points.

The host, Special Adviser at the Bureau, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Ekong Sampson described the event as symbolic of the love, respect and principally the support that Governor Udom Emmanuel enjoys in Akwa Ibom State.
Ekong Sampson reiterated that there is a huge current that Governor Udom Emmanuel is doing very well and needs to return for a second term to implement expansive road map that he has our people.

He said the Sign On marks a major intersection in the determination of the people of the State to consolidate the good governance, visionary leadership and innovation brought to bear by Governor Emmanuel.

Sampson said Sign On was one in a mosaic of activities designed to promote good governance, support excellence, deepen bonds and show the whole world that Governor Udom Emmanuel gas earned the love and respect of Akwa Ibom people and indeed Nigerians, sufficient to earn him a second term in office.

He added that the galaxy of eminent Nigerians in Akwa Ibom State stepping forward to Sign On for Governor Emmanuel is indicative of the fact that the people have found in Governor Udom Emmanuel a leader who is committed to true values and have lined up behind him.

Highpoint of the event was the unveiling of the statue of support, a signature board for the actual sign on exercise.
The ceremony which was performed by the Obong Paul Ekpo in company of the Senators Anietie Okon, Effiong Bob, Emmanuel Ibok Essien, the Special Adviser at the Bureau, Barrister Ekong Sampson, State Secretary of the PDP, leaders of frontline socio-political groups and stakeholders in the Akwa Ibom polity that were present at the event, was followed immediately by appending of signature, indicating firm support for Governor Udom Emmanuel.

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An Open Letter To A Nigerian-US Fraud Called Clement Ikpatt

21 Jun

From the archive! First Published October 6, 2011

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor

 

I will start this email with a quote from a famous Bob Marley Song in which he said,” Your best friend can be your worst enemy and your worst enemy can be your best friend”. I really do not care where you will classify me at the end of this letter but one thing for sure is that the readers of this letter will know where to put me.

There is also a famous proverb from our area in which the simple translation is that” The observer of the game sees the loopholes better than the players themselves”.The Ghanaians have one too that says,” The dancer thinks he is dancing straight but the person behind him sees the flaws in the dance”.

I would like to call your attention to how I perceive your position.

I will put it to you that there may be no position like yours in other states in Nigeria, I have spoken with a lot of my friends from other African countries and they have not heard of such a position given to one man before. They were amazed. In fact, there may not be a similar position as yours in any other African state.

In speaking with friends from most of the United States, South America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia etc. They have not heard of such incursions of the local state Government into the affairs of the citizenry in foreign lands. Some received my revelation with suspicion of the motives of Akwa Ibom State and some felt it was a novel idea.

However, I feel you are in a position to make history(I would if I were you). On the other hand, you could end up failing miserably and this position could be a mockery. Why do I say so?

Firstly, it is what we may call “a position in experimentation“. It never existed before and may not have had a prepared job description. It is up to the first occupier of this office to define what the office duties will and could evolve into in the future. In such a position the first occupier can fail miserably if he or she does not identify the pros and cons and resources and lack of resources thereof at their disposal. Also, his/her mindset could defeat the purpose of the office in question.

So let us examine the resources at your disposal that I already feel that you are underutilizing. You are in charge of Diaspora worldwide, you have no counterpart created for the other continents. This means like in the United States you should be in talking terms with every single Son and Daughter of Akwa Ibom State in the 51 states of the USA. These should be your connections from Engineers in Intel to Engineers in Apple to Engineers in Microsoft(I have met them before) to Plastic Surgeons to Professors in Universities to Medical Doctors to Nurses to Teachers to Business People to Pilots and the amount of people you can connect with in this regards is just mindboggling. In every field, every person (if approached the right way) will not hide from you the question of how their industries work and how their fields are enhanced to create maximized output. In every state, you should have teams breaking into every sphere of influence in every state including the much coveted private sector, teams that are helping you connect with every Governor in the 51 states that you should link up to his Excellency the Governor. Teams that are “secretly penetrating to learn how we can make the system work for our state. Please do not forget that the Governors here are accessible by the common man and that all you need is a call to get the protocol needed to get Akwa Ibom State connected as a “Sister State’ to all these states and there are trade agreements and programs to that effect. There should have been a team already created to do a “feeling” of Wall Street and the investors there and possible trade agreements that would change the landscape forever.

Do not deceive yourself, as a rule, if our industrialization program does not involve trade we will watch the industries die a natural death all over again. That is why trade agreements is big news in this part of the world

Chinese volunteer scientist in the same vein took nuclear weaponry secrets back to China from the USA and those in Wall street took the secrets of the trade to China and now they own 85% of the loan notes of the USA.

I know you will say that you have committees that have been created,I do not need to explain to you the good committees have done Nigeria for the past 51 years. It is one of those things we inherited that waste a lot of time and nothing gets done.

In other words, you should be helping in solving the investor problem that we are talking about with the vast resources you have which are; Akwa Ibom State indigene in every part of the World !!!!!

However when I read the tone in which you write in this forum you are still just someone that relays information from Akwa Ibom State to the internet or you step in to “crack the whip “at whosoever you feel does not stay in line.

Respectfully, I just wonder if you have any idea of what you could do with the resources at your disposal. It would be such a pity if you think that the direct interpretation of your position is that of “Disciplinarian For Diaspora”. That would be such a bastardization of your office. It would be such a sad mistake. Someone who is always out to just show how stupid someone’s statements is when you do not agree with them. Nobody in the Diaspora deserves that kind of treatment, it is totally unacceptable. Even the Oyinbo and all their racism do not address us that way. You may receive a pat on the back from people back home like,”You really put them in their place” but it will be such a failure of the office when you look at the kind of resources at your disposal. I doubt if you even know your people residing in Nevada or Idaho or Wyoming or Nebraska.

If I asked you today about your people in Iceland, got any idea ???????

Sometimes in companies, I have worked for , when a new CEO is brought in, he sends an email asking everybody to write a short email to give him an idea of who you are.I thought it was a joke until you come across him at the Meet-and-Greet ceremony and to your surprise, as you begin to reintroduce yourself he cuts you short and tells you more about yourself. It makes you feel a certain level of loyalty when the guy at the top recognizes you.

I would have thought that immediately your appointment is confirmed that you would have sent a mass communique in which you would love people to write in and share their lives and experiences with you. Not to act like the people back home that when given political appointment they act as “gods” in which we see you from a distance and kneel. In the process of reaching out you would lose nothing and you would with the right attitude receive emails from as far as Australia etc. Reaching out with Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, My Space and harnessing the power of the Diaspora. A true Godfather.

I would define a Godfather as a man that is such a statesman that people scramble to help him for nothing. Not just his crowd (AIDN) but people from every walk of life. People scramble to associate with him because he represents the ideals that they long for.Associating with the person brings an excitement like no other, it’s like associating with the future and not a refined form of the status quo.

Let’s get one thing right, I am not a big fan of his Excellency Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio. I do believe he was destined to be Governor and that is why he is there and that is all that is needed for him to have my help if he asks for it. On the other hand those who wish him to fail also are wishing eight failed years for Akwa Abasi Ibom State and that is just unthinkable. Hence we must pray for him to succeed. However, I have seen (Like in my subsequent emails) that subordinates can make the Chief Executive look really bad. Sometimes the Chief Executive may not even know what is being done on his behalf on the streets, press, internet etc. It is up to people like you to create policy that will make a lot of people to soften towards his Excellency and join hands and work to make Akwa Abasi Ibom State a wonder.

Either you figure this out or you lash out on me cuz you really do not know how to go about it. Everything should not be the guys in Uyo trying to tell us how to go about bringing the investors that are living next door to us. Would they die if they rather got info on how to go about it from you? Info that you got from the Diaspora?

You want world-class hospitals, Diasporians work in the world class hospitals over here but we should shut up and have someone in Uyo tell us how to implement world class medical healthcare. Our children are graduating from Colleges of Engineering but we should not be seen as trying to force the system to “use them” so we should shut up and because the guys back home are clueless they call in a foreign company and after Quid Pro Quo execute the contract and then the glory goes to the State Government. So if you really do not want to use the Diaspora until they are “submissive” to you. Whats the use ?

I can also buy your argument that Diasporans duped the Government and did this or that (We can count so much that Diasporans have done that we should cease giving them any form of respect)

Let’s call a spade a spade,I would expect you as the bridge, to also brief back home on how to deal with Diaspora without hushing them down and making them feel “stupid”. It is a waste of time. It is a serious breakdown of communication of an administration with his people when things come down to bets.

A common member of the citizenry spreads rumors about the State Government. It should not entail the system being so pressed that they must fly into the territory to prove a point against a common citizen. The fight against opposition should not be personal;they are still citizens of Akwa Ibom State !!!! I will put it onto you that your present rhetoric and schematics changes nothing in the relationship between Diasporians and back home.

A leader must have a certain level of respect for the subjects he leads and he should give them the benefit of the doubt.Not every move is a publicity stunt against people back home(Baby arm amputated) or a smear campaign or an attempt to overthrow state government and every statement is either “clueless” or “stupid” or people are “disgruntled” or involved in “spinmeistering”. Sometimes with the kind of words that have been used on Diaspora, you wonder if they really want to work with them. Sometimes I wonder if it would have been better off if Diaspora had just minded their own business and left home alone.

With all due respect you have a lot of work to do and right now I do not see the difference between you and Ata Ikkideh. Why? Ata is already doing a good job of spreading info on the internet be it Real or False and stepping into frays. In fact, he claims he is the Info Consultant for the forum.

So please correct me if I am wrong but it will be nice if you could enlighten us on your job as the point man of the Diaspora. The forums are open for you to wing it in that regard.

Finally, my point is that I wish you success in this position but I hope you do not diminish the true power that you could harness as an elder statesman in the position you hold.

Goodluck

 

Clayton Udoh, Mesa, Arizona

 

#PictureNews: Six Children Rescued From Human Traffickers’ Den, 7 Missing

24 May

No fewer than six children from different local government areas of Akwa Ibom State were yesterday rescued from what is believed to be the hideouts of human traffickers in Eket by volunteers of the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN).6 Children Rescued From Human Traffickers' Den, 7 Missing

The Manager of the organization, Pastor Hezekiah Akpasi stated this while fielding questions from newsmen in his office at the CRARN Children Center, Eket.

Pastor Akpasi said the children who were all stigmatized in various churches and prayer houses were 13 in number and seven were nowhere to be found as they were believed to have been whisked away by the human trafficking syndicates who lured them into their enclave and took them away before the organization got the tip.

6 Children Rescued From Human Traffickers' Den, 7 Missing“We believe from what the children said that all of them were denounced as witches and wizards by some of these hungry and desperate pastors and prophets. As we got the information we went there immediately. The children even said seven of their colleagues were already missing after some men came and told them that they have a place to take for work and go to school ” said Akpasi.

He added that they got a hint from a child who was reunited with her parents six months ago but pushed out of the house again with the warning that she should not return back to CRARN, otherwise she’d be killed by the father. So she opted to go back to the streets where she was rescued during an anti-witch branding campaign rally organized by the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Women and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and related matters (NAPTIP).

One of the rescued children, Emmanuel Akpan Uno said he trekked from Oron to Eket (about 50 KM) after two of his friends on the streets were badly beaten and tortured by their brothers to a state of coma before dragged into the bush and he became afraid that he would be the next victim so ran away.

6 Children Rescued From Human Traffickers' Den, 7 MissingFor a five year old Wisdom Friday Ndohose from Enen Ekpene, Afaha-Eket, the story is different. Friday told newsmen that he lost touch with his mother after their pastor told him that he was responsible for the accident his mother had. His mother then took from Uyo to Eket and returned him to his father. Though his father welcomed him, such welcome was merely short-lived as his stepmother and father later turned him into punching bag and usually tied him to a pillar in the backyard, burnt a nylon bag and allowed it to be dropping on him.

He said even after he ran out of the house, his father normally comes to the streets where he stays with friends and beats the hell out of him saying that until he releases his wife’s womb from the witch coven, he would never know peace.

6 Children Rescued From Human Traffickers' Den, 7 MissingThe CRARN Children Centre in Eket was established in 2003 by a Nigerian, Sam Itauma when he rescued four children who were being beaten by a dozen of adults in his community with the fanciful claim that they were holding down the sales and progress of the market in his community. Since then, the centre has continued to rescued pariah children and street urchins from the streets and woods.

-WWW.CRARN.NET

Udom Released from kidnappers’ den

10 May

The Proprietor of Sure Foundation Polytechnics, Ukanafun. Dr. Idongesit Udom has been released today.

He was whisked away by kidnappers on the 9th of April this year.  He was reportedly released by his captors this afternoon. No detail as to how he was released has been made public, and no information of any negotiation as to how much was paid for before his release was available as at press time.

Dr. Udom was kidnapped while walking to his place of worship, Qua Iboe Church,  Idung Nneke, Ukanafun on a Sunday, as the kidnappers waylaid him and dragged into a waiting Sienna bus.

Udom Idongesit

Senator Godswill Akpabio’s Local Government under siege as ‘Akwa Marine cult group’ attacks many

10 May

I really sympathized with pensioners - Akwa Ibom Former Governor, Senator Akpabio - thekillerpunch news

Dozens of residents have fled a community in Akwa Ibom after repeated attacks by a suspected cult group, locals and security officials say.

Residents of Midim Atan village in Essien Udim local government area of the state said at least two people have so far been killed and many more injured in attacks by a group known as Akwa Marine.

“Akwa Marine led by Emmanuel Ben has been disturbing our community for many years. The problem is not just the cultists but the people sponsoring them and that is why it has been difficult to clamp them down,” said a local chief, Efene Jeremiah.

The unrest has lasted years, and police have made limited success against the group despite an investigation by a team set up by the former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to probe its activities.

The divisional police officer for Essien Udim, Alhassan Guda, said he was new at the post and could not comment on the activities of the gang.

But the spokesperson for the police’s Criminal Investigation Department, Chike Nwabuwa, told this newspaper that an investigation team had long been set up by Mr. Arase, to monitor and investigate the activities of the gang following several complaints. He declined to disclose the findings of the panel.

The Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case, Abdul Mohammed, did not also disclose the findings when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES.

Many residents say the group has been emboldened by police inaction.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, which also received multiple petitions on the matter, also said police had not responded to its request for details of the attacks.

The civil rights department of the ministry told PREMIUM TIMES that the ministry had written to the Police IG’s office regarding the case, but had received no response for months.

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Security officials and locals, many of whom had fled the community, blame the lack of aggressive police response on links between the group and powerful politicians from the area.

They say the group was set up ahead of the 2011 elections to go after perceived opponents of top politicians from the area, including former Governor Godswill Akpabio, whom they accuse of providing support for the group.

Mr. Akpabio denies the allegation. His spokesperson, Anietie Ekong, told PREMIUM TIMES the former governor, who is now the Senate minority leader, would not sponsor a criminal gang.

“It is pure political mischief to link the distinguished Senator to a criminal gang,” Mr. Ekong said.

He said several petitions sent by community members to different law enforcement agencies, linking Mr. Akpabio to the group, were “politically motivated”.

Senator Akpabio Local Government under siege as ‘Akwa Marine cult group’ attacks many - THEKILLERPUNCH NEWS
Members of Midim Atan community in Akwa Ibom, who recently travelled to Abuja to protest against incessant attacks by a group called Akwa Marine. [Photo Credit: Ebuka Onyeji]

“Any criminal who has been apprehended by the security agencies should be made to face the consequences of his action,” Mr. Ekong said, referring to the recent arrest of Mr. Ben.

Attacks and killings

Ahead of the elections in 2011 and 2015, attacks by the group largely targeted those perceived to support political parties other than the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the state’s governing party, several security officials and witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES.

Victor Udom, a community member, told this newspaper how he and another resident of the community, Samuel Ikpa, fled the community after being attacked in 2015 on suspicion they supported the main opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC.

“On that fateful morning, we were suddenly surrounded by members of the gang led by Emmanuel Ben. Before we could say jack, kicks, hits and blows rained on us,” Mr. Udom, a former ExxonMobil staff said. “If not for some community members who saw what was happening and alerted the police on surveillance team on ground for the election, we would have been dead.”

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In recent months, the attacks have been more random, with gang members going after non-members suspected of supporting efforts to clamp down on the group.

Mr. Udom’s cousin, Udo Udom, was killed and set alight alongside another community member, Ekpenyong Uwa, in September 2016, by the group, this paper confirmed. The group accused them of theft, an allegation their families strongly denies.

After evading capture for years, Mr. Ben was finally arrested in February by the police, with the support of the State Security Service, SSS, and locals.

Mr. Ben was transferred to Abuja where he is currently being held at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, office on allegations of terrorism and murder.

But some community members say the police, under pressure from politicians, are making efforts to send him back to Akwa Ibom on claims his offences are not federal crimes. Police did not respond to that claim.

Seeking justice

In recent weeks, attacks have escalated in the small community largely in response to Mr. Ben’s arrest.

A fortnight ago, members of the gang attacked the local market, called Urua Nsong Eto, and vandalised shops, sending traders scampering for safety. They also torched homes of those suspected to be in support of Mr. Ben’s arrest.

Senator Akpabio Local Government under siege as ‘Akwa Marine cult group’ attacks many - THEKILLERPUNCH NEWS
Members of Midim Atan community in Akwa Ibom, who recently travelled to Abuja to protest against incessant attacks by a group called Akwa Marine. [Photo Credit: Ebuka Onyeji]

In a bid to get government’s attention on the activities of the gang, fleeing community members mobilised and travelled to Abuja for a protest march on April 27, but were denied permission by the commissioner of police, FCT command, Musa Kimo.Mr. Udom said police advised them to take the protest to Akwa Ibom. The community leaders later marched to Louis Edet House, the Force Headquarters in Abuja, where they narrated their personal experiences at the hands of the group’s leader, Mr. Ben.

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Amongst several crimes, Mr. Ben is accused of ordering the killing of the two men murdered in Midim Atan: Udo Udom and Ekpenyong Uwa.

Mr. Udom’s mother, Nse John, was one of the over a dozen community members who managed to travel to Abuja in April to seek justice.

She told PREMIUM TIMES her son was killed by the gang led by Mr. Ben on September 28, 2016.

“They came and took my child from the house at 7 pm. When they left with my child, I was not feeling well, I put on my clothes and walked gently. Before I could get there, they had killed him and cut him into pieces,” Mrs. John narrated amidst tears.

The community chief, Mr. Jeremiah, who corroborated the story, told PREMIUM TIMES the attacks have continued because of the support the group receives from powerful individuals.

“We have gone to many security agencies, when we call them, they will say the situation is a very bad one but nothing will be done,” he said.

 

By Ebuka Onyeji, PREMIUM TIMES

Akwa Ibom: Essien Udim People Demand Prosecution Of Cult Group Sponsored By Godswill Akpabio

8 Apr

The people of Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State are in the grip of panic arising from the activities of a vicious cult gang, Akwa Marines, said to be sponsored by Mr. Godswill Akpabio, Senate Minority Leader and former governor of the state. The group, led by one Emmanuel Ben, SaharaReporters reliably gathered, has been spreading terror around the local council for over a decade. Godswill Akpabio killer, Emmanuel Ben 2Godswill Akpabio killer, Emmanuel Ben

People in the council area are therefore calling for the prosecution of Ben and his gang as well as the restoration of peace in the area. Already, gang members are said to have started attacking those they suspect of providing information on their activities to the Police.

Emmanuel BenLocal sources said the group enjoys the support of other powerful and influential politicians, the reason it has enjoyed a free reign in Essien Udim, Mr. Akpabio’s local council. Ben is also said to hail from there.

Akwa Marines specialize in killing, maiming and intimidating of political opponents, robbery as well as sundry crimes

In 2014, Ben was said to have imposed a levy, dressed up as “security votes”, on traders during the communal harvest known as Oto-Okom. The levy, which was paid, was only recently challenged by a few brave members of the village. In February 2016, SaharaReporters was told, the gang carried out a robbery in the village market known as Urua Nsong Eto.

The cult group was also said to have kidnapped one Celestine Mel Ikpa (then a staff of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation). On release from captivity, Ikpa reported to the Police, which arrested and charged the abductors to court except the gang leader.

Also on 28 September 2016, the gang murdered two young men, Udo Friday Udom and Udo Ekpenyong Uwa, ostensibly for stealing a goat.

Sources, however, disclosed that they were murdered for their refusal of offer of initiation into Akwa Marines. Udom’s mother, Madam Nse John Udom, was said to have told the Police that she saw her Akwa Marines members inflicting machete cuts on her 16-year old son and begged Ben to spare his life. The Akwa Marines leader, the traumatized woman was said to have told the Police, also ordered the victims’ bodies burnt. She subsequently fled the community.

A few days later, Ben, said sources, convened a meeting in the village square, where he took responsibility for the murder, saying there was a need to rid of community of goat thieves.

He was also said to have bragged that reporting him to security agencies would have grave consequences, adding that he has them all in his pocket all the security agents have been settled.

Apart from Ben, those who participated in the twin murders were Lucky Effiong Akpan (aka Pope), Marcus Ikut (aka Mbata), the group’s executioner-in-chief, and Philip Udo Udo Ben. Other members stood cult group stood by to watch as though it was a spectator sport.Godswill Akpabio killer, Emmanuel Ben

Godswill Akpabio killer, Emmanuel Ben

The murdered Friday Udom was a cousin to one Victor Udom who, along with Samuel Ikpa, a staff of Exxon Mobil, narrowly escaped assassination during a visit to their community in Midim. The assassination plot was hatched by Ben, Uduak Etim Udom and one Chrisanthus George Udoh.

The near-victims were rescued by a team of policemen on special surveillance duties. The team, led by one Mr. Effiong, an inspector, was said to have been alerted by indigenes. The matter was reported at the Divisional Police Station in Afaha Ikot Ebak, Essien Udim Local Government Area. However, the Police officers were reprimanded, ordered disarmed and subsequently detained by the Divisional Police Officer on the say-so of Mr. Nse Ntuen, the then Chairman of Essien Udim Local Government Area and an Akpabio partisan.  Mr. Ntuen, disclosed sources, claimed to have relayed the instruction of Mr. Akpabio, with whom he was in constant communication. Mr. Akpabio is from Essien Udim.

Last month, the gang broke into homes in the community, taking belongings from owners and destroying properties, an event that provoked a flurry of petitions to the Essien Udim Divisional Police Command, Area Command and the state Police Headquarters. But the Police have not been of much help. Two weeks ago, a victim said a policeman attached to the Essien Udim Police Command warned him against making distress calls whenever the gang decides to attack. The policeman was said to called key members of the gang on his phone in the presence of the victims.

Ben, the gang leader, was recently arrested by officers from the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Squad, a development that was said to have brought out political heavyweights and traditional rulers in the state to demand his unconditional release. He was, however, moved to Abuja. There are indications that plans are being finalized to have him moved back to Uyo, the state capital, where the Attorney-General of the state will arrange for him to be freed.

Ben’s connection to powerful people, said local sources told SaharaReporters, was proved on 8 March at the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, where he was sprung from could also be gleaned from charges of cultism, murder, armed robbery and kidnapping among other atrocities. Delivering judgment on the matter (Suit No. HT/FHR/10/2017) Justice NFN Ntong of the Ikot Ekpene Division of the state High Court ordered Ben’s release. Last year, Justice Ntong made the controversial ruling restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and Police from investigating any past or present Akwa Ibom State government official.

“You Are A Failure, You Lack Zeal For Service,” Eket People Tell David Lawrence

24 Nov

 

 

Youths across the three geo-political zones of Eket State Constituency has risen against the Member representing the area in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon David Lawrence in what they termed as his ‘’ lackluster, insensitive and brainless representation’’.david-lawrence
The group, under the aegis of Eket National Youth Forum for Good Governance in a release signed by Iwaad Akpadiaha Udonsek, James Udotai, Mbre Monday, Udo Ekanem, and Glory Okposin among 15 others lambasted the lawmaker for not showing any interest to the plight of those who voted him into office.
They described him as a ‘’Lagos been to’’ and an opportunist who lacks the zeal for service’’, adding that he does not even pick calls put across to him by his constituents having derailed from his campaign promises.
‘’we are disappointed in Hon David Lawrence and we even regret voting out his predecessor Hon Ayang Akanimo Ayang who we have now realized performed better both in lawmaking and oversight functions’’, the stated.
The group said they have concluded plans to begin a recall process to remove him as their representative.
They revealed further that the people of Eket local government area wanted the lawmaker to sponsor a bill in the House for the compulsory establishment of government farms across the 31 local government areas of the State to address the issue of food insecurity but that the ‘’clueless Lawmaker’’ has over the past one year ‘’played hide and seek’’ including not picking calls.
‘’He even deceived market women including the entire people of Eket that he will build an ultramodern daily market for them within six months but unfortunately up till date, no sign of any development’’, they stated.
The group demanded to know the number of persons he has empowered in any form or scholarship he has granted any indigent student of the area.
You Are A Failure, You Lack Zeal For Service, Eket People Tells David Lawrence‘’ instead of representing us effectively, he is busy building mansions in Uyo for himself and family. We are really disappointed in him and we wish to let him know that he has no political future as long as the people of Eket are concerned’’, they said.
The group commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the ongoing road rehabilitation in Eket.
They maintained that Eket State Constituency seat in the State Assembly was vacant due to the inability of David Lawrence to represent the area effectively in keeping with his campaign promises.

By Assam Abia

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