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AKPABIO, HIS #THREATS AND GLOBAL CONCORD’S HEADLINES

29 Jun

By Thomas Tomas
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He that is down needed fear no fall
He that is low, no pride
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide

I am content with what I have
Little be it or much
And, Lord, contentment still I crave
Because thou savest, such.
– John Bunyan (1628 – 88).

About 7 days ago, about 3 hours after I made public my genuine advice to Senator Godswill Akpabio, I received a call from the former Governor, Akpabio, himself. The man was furious, extremely furious with me for writing what he called “insult and destructive article” about him. He vowed to go extra miles to deal with me, especially as he recalled how I used Global Concord in the past against him and his Government. He said he had alerted “security” agencies to track me down… He didn’t give me the chance to talk, only that I was able to tell him that if he was referring to my last article about him that I’m afraid he didn’t read it before he came to roar and barked at me. His utterances that day advertised him as one of those who only read the cover page of Global Concord Newspaper and run to town with stories that can never be found in any page of the Paper (I may be wrong). Can the dethroned Senator points to any libellous statement in the said piece?

Anyway, I’m not bothered about Akpabio’s threats because they will always come insofar as he has not been able to explain why he could not build 31 industries which were captured in his so-called BUDGET OF INDUSTRIALIZATION in 2012. Senator Akpabio will bark all he wants, and threaten me as usual unless he is able to tell me why IBOM TROPICANA has not seen the light of day after all the money budgeted for it had been removed upfront from the State’s coffers, and supplementary sum appropriated for it, and also removed from the treasury. Of course, many other issues in the State are calling for Akpabio’s series of threats. WHO CARES?

Between 2008 and 2015 I was not only threatened by Akpabio but I saw it all. I was hunted by his “security agents”. I was severally chased out of my numerous apartments and I finally found refuge at Calabar. So, what’s new about Akpabio’s threats? If he could threaten me as a Governor without success, will he succeed to do that now that GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM HIM? He told me last Friday that he was going to face me ” man and man, one on one”. I’m here, Sir.Image may contain: 1 person, closeup

Since the threat didn’t suffice, Senator Akpabio immediately resorts to blackmails. What condescension! He sponsored some beggars to write that “I am envious of Akpabio”. Why should I envy a man whose character is luciferous? To envy is to want other places, and I can’t fathom becoming like Akpabio who has polarized the State with his nepotism and clannishness. I can’t be capitalistic like Akpabio, and I can’t humiliate my fellow Akwa Ibom people just because I am opportune. In fact, there are many other negative Akpabios in Akpabio that I don’t like to be associated with, hence, the issue of envy of Akpabio is idiotic!

Still on envy, the disjointed article under reference, purportedly written by one Abasiandikan Nkono goes on to state that “on 28 May 1968 (51 years ago), 53 illustrious sons/political leaders/core intelligentsia of Akwa Ibom origin were publicly slaughtered at Uyo Circus (now Ibom Plaza) before school children – others were killed en masse and dumped in mass graves and ravines around the land for holding a different political view before and during the civil war”, and that the same envy/ hatred is what propelled me to want to “shot down Akpabio by all means”; AND I ASK: AM I FROM IKOT EKPENE SENATORIAL DISTRICT? DID I ASK AKPABIO TO LEAVE THE KNOWN TO THE UNKNOWN? DID I ASK AKPABIO TO FISH POLITICAL ENEMIES FOR HIMSELF ACROSS THE COUNTRY? DID I START HIS WAR WITH AMAECHI, SARAKI, ETC? DID I ASK HIM TO INSULT GENERAL BUHARI IN 2015? AKPABIO SHOT HIMSELF AT THE FEET!

Citing John 4:44, the author of that inordinate article seems to suggest that Akpabio is honoured and respected across the country or in other parts of the country than in his home state, and I ask BY WHO? There is a great difference between bought honour and deserved honour. While as the Governor, Akpabio used our common patrimony to buy awards and honours. He received more than 4 Honorary Doctorate Degrees from four Universities across the country. He bought an award from the US Congress Woman, he spent Millions of Naira on Nollywood, etc. He bought awards/honours from Emirs, Obas, Market women, churches, Traditional rulers, etc. He funded Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and bought buses for the varsity for awards while our own universities were grown with grasses. Shame on such honours! The bought honours by Akpabio were spells in the eyes of Nigerians, and they’ve long thrown them to the pigs because what is not of God cannot stand.

The Akpabio’s rejoinder also insinuates that whether as Governor or Senator, Akpabio has given people reasons not to forget him. THIS IS TRUE! How can people forget a man who manned a regime where people were killed and kidnapped like frogs? How can people forget in a hurry about 300 people that were kidnapped, and about 40 that were brutally killed between 2007 and 2014? How can we forget that he did nothing to curb the menace of kidnapping and poverty in the land despite Billions of Naira in his control? No, we can’t forget!

It is very insulting for Senator Akpabio, through his conversation with me, and through the sponsored rejoinder, to insinuate that I am sponsored to write against him. How? In the so-called rejoinder, he insinuates that I am sponsored by Senator Akpanudoedehe. This is irrational! From the very first time, I met Udoedehe till now he has never sponsored any of my writings. I am a very independent person who doesn’t need help or guidance from anybody. In 2015 I supported Umana Umana (after nomination, though) against Udoedehe’s interest. I stood my grounds, and we parted ways. I write what I feel like writing, but in the best interest of Akwa Ibom people. Senator Akpabio also threatened me that “after insulting him, I WILL WANT HIM TO SUPPORT MY GOVERNORSHIP ASPIRANT IN 2023”. Wow! How does he know who I will support in 2023?

I laughed uncontrollably when I read the paragraph in that disjointed rejoinder that “Senator Udoedehe recently approached Senator Akpabio with a proposal purportedly written by Thomas Thomas, the Publisher of Global Concord Newspaper”. Thank God the author of that rejoinder uses the word ” purportedly”, meaning he is not sure if it’s true. He goes on to state that Thomas Thomas et al, besides pledging a termination of the media attacks on Akpabio, also promised to henceforth take up Akpabio’s reputation management. That I and my colleagues made this proposal due to dwindling sales of Global Concord and demanded that Akpabio should instead be funding the paper to the tune of N20 Million monthly. That Akpabio turned down the purported proposal and told Udoedehe that he was not interested in 2023 governorship or in Ministerial position. HABA! This is hogwash! Me, Thomas Thomas? Maybe another member of Global Concord has done that without my knowledge because as far as I’m concerned I see nothing good in Akpabio’s bruised image… I did not get a dime from Akpabio as a Governor, is it now that I will? He should rather keep the money to bribe the EFCC and not me. To hell with his stolen cash!

It is insulting for a man who came to Akwa Ibom Government in a night bus, and allegedly stolen every available kobo and brought down prominent Ibibio sons, to say I came begging for money. I will advise him to always look at the face of any person he deals with so that he will not come to the public and disgrace himself as he does. I will never befriend Akpabio… LEST I FORGET, 1ST JULY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

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Thomas Thomas is the General Editor of Global Concord Newspaper and APC Chieftain in Akwa Ibom State.

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GODSWILL AKPABIO,THE MURDERER IS BACK

17 Aug

 

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THEY WERE EITHER MURDERED, ASSASSINATED OR KIDNAPPED; ALL IN
GOVERNOR GODSWILL AKPABIO ADMINISTRATION

1) BARR. IMO UDONWA

2) MISS. ANIEFON
ANIEDIABASI

3) ENGR. EMMANUEL
EKPENYONG

4) MR. MATHIAS
EKPENYONG

5) BARR. BENJAMIN
UDOEKPO

6-7) TWO WOMEN AT QUA
IBOE CHURCH , IWOK

8) DR. AUSTIN EDET

9) DAUGHTER OF PARAMOUNT RULER ABAK

10) MRS. MARIE IKPE

11) EZEKIEL PETER
EBERE (EPISCO)

12) CHIEF PAUL INYANG

13) MRS.PHILOMINA
UDONWA

14) ANTHONY
AKPANOBONG

15) MR. DANIEL JOHN
EKANEM

16) MR. MATHEW INYANG

17) POLICE ORDERLY TO
MRS. LYDIA
BUSH

18) DR. AKPANUDO
FEB.2, 2011

19) PASTOR DAVID
IDUNUOLUWA

20) OKU IBOM III
,EDIDEM ROBERT JAMES OBOT JAN.30, 2011

21-23) THREE ACN
SUPPORTERS POISONED IN PRISON

24-28) STUDENTS
KILLED IN GOVT HOUSE STAMPEDE FOR 1,000 NAIRA (4)

29-50) STUDENTS OF
POLYTECHNIC, IKOT ASURUA (21)

LIST OF THOSE WHO
ESCAPED KIDNAPPING / ASSASSINATION:

1) PARAMOUNT RULER
ETINAN, HRM EDIDEM IME D. UMOETTE

2) MADAM GRACE JAMES
AKPANUDOEDEHE

3) MRS. MFON KENNETH
(WIFE OF ETINAN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN).

4) ENGRS. OBINNA AND
BOBBY, STAFF OF VICH RESOURCES NIG. LTD.

5) PROPRIETOR, LIFE
CARE CLINIC.

6) CHIEF DONALD
ETIEBET

7) ENGR.INIEKONG
UDONWA

KIDNAPPED VICTIMS :
NAMES NO. YEAR/ MONTH

1-2) ABEL DAMINAS
CHILDREN (2) 2008

3) MR. UBONG OBOT (1)
2008

4) MR.MUSTAG OBOT (1)
2009

5) SENATOR ALOYSIUS’
WIFE (1) 2009

6) CHIEF NELSON
EFFIONG (1) FEB. 2009

7) ITA ENYONG- ENTACO
(1) 2009

8) APOSTLE UWA (1)
2009 (IBIBIO)

9) NSE NTUEN (1) 2009
(IBIBIO)

10) ANIEFON ANIEDI
ABASI (1) FEB. 2009 (ANNANG)

11) MRS. INIOBONG
EKPENYONG (1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

12) PA. KEVIN EDET
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

13) MRS. MICHAEL BUSH
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

14) HOP, NSIT UBIUM
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

15) OPULOPM ETTES’
WIFE (1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

16-17) RUSSIANS (2)
2009 (EXPATRIATES)

18-23) RUSSIAN
EMPLOYEES (6) JUNE 3,2007

24-29) STEMCO STAFF
(6) 2008 ( EXPATIATES)

30) UWEMEDIMO
ARCHIBONG (1) FEB.2009 (IBIBIO)

31) MRS. ADRINA UKO
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

32) MRS. ANNE ENOIDEM
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

33) DR. OWEN R. OWEN
(1) JUNE 2009

34) MRS. JUMBO (1)
JUNE 2009 (IBIBIO)

35) PASTOR AKAN WEEKS
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

36) AWAK TREASURER,
O/AKARA (1) 2008 (IBIBIO)

37) MR. IKPE UKPE (1)
2008 (IBIBIO)

38) MR. CLEMENT
UWEMEDIMO (1) JULY, 2009 (IBIBIO)

39) MR. FIOKEDU
OKORIE (1) JULY 2009

40) MISS EDIKAN OKON
UFOT (1) JULY, 2009 (IBIBIO)

41) DAUGHTER OF OKON
USORO (1) JULY, 2009 (IBIBIO)

42)
EXPATRAITES’WIFE(ABDUCTED TONTURUKPUM) (1) MAR. 2009

43) MR. ESEME ESSIEN
(1) SEPT. 2009 (IBIBIO)

44) ELD. NSE IKPE (1)
SEPT. 2009 (IBIBIO)

45) JACKIE JAY (1)
SEPT. 2009 (ANNANG)

46) EDIOMO UDOKO (1)
SEPT. 2009 (IBIBIO)

47) INIOBONG SUNNY JACKSON (1) SEPT. 2009
(IBIBIO)

48) ADIAHA EKA SUNNY
IBANGA (1) SEPT. 2009 (IBIBIO)

49) PST. JONAH
SOLOMON AKPAN (1) OCT. 2009 (IBIBIO)

50) MRS. ESHIET
–ETINAN (1) NOV. 2009

51) MRS. SUNNY DANIEL
(1) NOV. 2009

52) BISHOP C.O AKPAN
(1)DEC. 2,2009

53) MR. USEN
–MANAGER, UBA (1) DEC. 2009

54) HON. HOGAN ITA
(1) 2009

55) MR. MICHAEL NKONO
(1) OCT. 2009

56) MRS. MICHAEL
NKONO (1) OCT. 2009

57) DR. UWEM UMOH (1)
NOV. 2009

58) CHIEF INYANG ENO
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

59) GEN. EDET AKPAN
(1)JAN.31,2010 (IBIBIO)

60) HON. MIKE DAN
(ITU) (1) JAN.2010 (IBIBIO)

61) MISS. EDIKAN UDO
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

62) MR. ITA ONYONG
(1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

63) MR. JOHN AKPAN
(1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

64) MR. OKON MKPONG
(1)2010 (IBIBIO)

65) PARAMOUNT RULER
–OKOBO (1) 2010 (OKOBO)

66) PROF. AKANINYENE
MENDIE (1) 2010

67) CHIEF OBOSI- CLAN
HEAD INI LGA (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

68) PROPHTESS MERCEY
INYANG (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

69) PROPHETESS MERCEY
EFFIONG (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

70) MRS. ELIZABETH
PHILIP (1) 2010

71) MRS. GODWIN
UDOAKA 1ST BANK (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

72) MRS. GODWIN
BASSEY ETON (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

73) PROF. IMO UKPONG
(1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

74) DR. AUSTIN EDET
(1) 2010 ( IBIBIO)

75) CHIEF EMMANUEL
NTUKIDEM (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

76) MR. SAMUEL
INYANG-PDP INI LGA (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

77) 83 YR. OLD
RETIRED CIVIL SERVANT, MBIABONG IKPE ANNANG (1) 2010

(ANNANG)

78) MRS. ROSEY JACK
UDOTA (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

79) JOEL FRANCIS8 –
GOVERNORS’ DRIVER (1) 2010

80) ANTHONY
AKPANOBONG (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

81) BARR. ARCHIBONG’S
WIFE (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

82-85) STEMCO
EMPLOYEES (4) MAY 5 2010

86) REV. NTIA I NTIA
(1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

87) DEACON SANDY
NTUENUBOK (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

88) REV. IME IYIRE
(1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

89) A FEMALE CHURCH
MEMBER OF IMEH UYIRE (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

90) MRS. IWAKEOWO
BASSEY ESSIEN (1) 2010 (IBIBIO)

91) OBONG MIKE ENE
(1) 2009 (IBIBIO)

92) MR. ESSIEN EWOH
(1) 2008 (IBIBIO)

93-94) LATE NTIA’S
CHILDREN (2) 2010 (IBIBIO)

95) DR. UWAH (1) JULY
2010 (IBIBIO)

96) MRS. COMFORT
EWANG—SEPT.2010

97) MRS. LYDIA TOM
BUSH –SEPT.2010

98) MR. EWANG’S
PERSONAL ASSISTANT—- OCT.2010

99) MR. EWANG’S
DRIVER—OCT.2010

100) MR. MIKE EDUOK
—-SEPT.2010 (IBIBIO)

101) IMEH EKPO (JULY
2010) (IBIBIO)

102) NSIFRE ANDREW
(AUGUST 2010)

103) BISHOP (PA) OKON
ENYONG (IBIBIO)

104) REV. INNO IDIONG
(ANNANG)-QUESTIONABLE-JAN.3, 2011(MAY BE

STAGED).

105) DR. MEMFIN EKPO
(IBIBIO) – JAN.16, 2011

106) ELIZABETH JERRY
EMAH (IBIBIO)

107) UDO MMA OBOT
(IBIBIO)

108) CHAIRLADY OF
ONNA LGA (IBIBIO)

109) PROPRIETOR OF
EKET POLITHECHNIC

110) JOHN NTA (OWNER
OF TREASURY ISLAND ) FEB.11 2011 (IBIBIO)

111) BARR. UDO
GEORGE, FEB 15, 2011

112) OKON EDET
JOHNSON, AUG 2011

113) IMEOBONG EFIONG
AKPAN, AUG 17,2011

LIST OF THOSE FALSELY
INCARCERATED BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT:

1) HON. FABIAN
EKPENYONG (ONLY SURVIVING EKPENYONG BROTHERS)

INCARCERATED FOR
REFUSING TO TESTIFY FALSELY FOR THE

GOVERNMENT. (IBIBIO)

2) DR. CHRIS EKONG,
ACCUSED OF KILLING THE EKPENYONG BROTHERS.

(RECORD SHOWS HE WAS
IN SOUTH AFRICA
WHEN THE MURDER TOOK

PLACE) (IBIBIO)

3) MR. DAVIDSON UBOH
SUBSTITUTED FOR THE REAL KILLERS OF

EKPENYONG BROTHERS
WHO WERE LET OUT OF JAIL. (IBIBIO)

4) MR. OTU EKONG
SUBSTITUTED FOR THE REAL KILLERS OF EKPENYONG

BROTHERS.

5) MR. ITORO WILLIAM
SUBSTITUTED FOR THE REAL KILLERS OF THE

EKPENYONG BROTHERS

6) CHIEF ONONOKPON
INCARCERATED FOR ASKING QUESTIONS OF THE

GOVERNOR IN THE MEDIA
(ORON)

7) DR. CHRIS NYONG
CHARGED WITH TREASON BUT RELEASED ON BAIL

(IBIBIO)

8) AMB.SAM EDEM
FALSELY ACCUSED OF STEALING AND CHARMING THE

GOVERNOR- ACQUITTED
BY A JUDGE (IBIBIO)

9) CHIEF IMEH
UMANAH—OCT.2010 (ANNANG)

10-51) ACN SUPPORTERS
ARRESTED DURING ELECTION RIOT (41)

Tell Magazine:

SAM ITAUMA(IBIBIO), CEO OF CRARN ESCAPED THREE ASSASINATION
ATTEMPTS AND THREE KIDNAPPING ATTEMPTS, ALMOST JAILED BY GOV AKPABIO IN ORON
HIGH COURT NOW HIS WHEREABOUTS STILL UNKOWN….

TO BE CONTINUED

OBONG UMANA

PRESIDENT,

CONCERNED CITIZENS of AKWA
IBOM STATE
(CCAIN), USA

Why Argentina Is One Of The Worst #RacistNations

21 Jun

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#ArgentinaWorstRacistNation

As I watched the Argentina and Iceland match today and wondered why there were no black players in the Argentinean team when other South American teams had black or biracial players, I remembered a conversation I had last year.

It was while I was on a cruise from Florida to the Grand Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

Between an Argentinean doctor and myself, who had walked up to me during lunch one day and struck up a conversation with me.

There was no hiding the attraction.

We had bonded much to the chagrin of her three Argentinean friends.

On the deck of the ship that day, she kept going on about how she loves black men and looks forward to traveling so she can meet them.

I asked her.Image may contain: 1 person

“Don’t you have black people in Argentina?”

She said with a matter of fact candour.

“No. Long time ago, after slavery, we killed them all.”

I was taken aback.

She smiled.

And continued.

“Very bad. I am ashamed of my people. It was very systematic though. Very well thought out. First they forced most of the men to fight for Argentina against Paraguay. They knowingly sent them into battles that were poorly planned so that the Paraguay army will do for them what they couldn’t themselves do. Kill the blacks. Most of them died there. The remaining of them they forced to live in this province were there was a plague. A disease that the government refused to curb so that it can also do for them what they couldn’t do. Kill the blacks. The refused to set up hospitals, clinics, adequate shelter, food outlets, nothing. They created the best environment for the disease to thrive. It killed the rest of the men that had survived the war. The darker you are, the higher the chance they will send you to that place to live or to the war to die. The lighter skinned women they forced them to sleep with the white men, so that their children are biracial, then they forced the children when they grew older to sleep with white men, so that the blackness of the skin of the children became whiter and whiter until there was no longer any visibly black people seen. It was so bad that blacks fled to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and even Paraquay where they were better treated even though not as well as they should be treated as human beings deserving full equality. Atleast those ones did not want to kill them and accepted to give them protection and a means of livelihood. As a matter of fact in Chile, there was a city called Arica where Black people were so accepted and respected that in the 1700s two black free man, one called Anzuréz were elected mayors. But the white colonial masters from Spain came six months later and nullified the elections, they were afraid of other cities giving black people too many rights. But the blacks who had found succour did not complain, they sent word for others to flee Argentina and come join them. Afterall what was cancelled elections compared to certain death?”

Then she went silent as though trying to replay the magnitude of the crime in her mind again. Then she said it in a sombre tone in order to drive it home to me.

“The ones the Argentineans did not kill through war or disease, and rape and impregnate, fled the country and ultimately we got rid of the blacks.”

I listened in rising sorrow.

She continued academically.

“So although they abolished slavery in 1815 in Argentina, it continued until 1853, after that the main preoccupation of the leaders was how to get rid of the black slaves and their descendants. Our president who ruled us from 1868 to 1874, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, wrote in his diary in 1848, this was long before he became president and slavery ended that – ‘In the United States… 4 million are black, and within 20 years will be 8 million…. What is to be done with such blacks, hated by the white race?’ – It shows that he was already thinking of how to eliminate black people before he became President and when he became President, he succeeded.”

“Didn’t the world say anything?”

“No. They ignored it. I am sure most of them wanted to do the same thing but failed. At that time, they admired them. I remember when I will go to Brazil as a child, my father’s friend will say in disgust as he looked at the black Brazilians – we should have had your guts and finished them off. All of them. Make Brazil white just like Argentina.”

“And the Europeans?”

She laughed.

“It is an open secret, just like King Leopold and his genocide in Congo. No one talks about it, but they know about it. Atleast the older ones do. The younger ones not so much. Why do you think all the Nazis ran to Argentina after World War 2?”

I was silent.

She continued.

“Because it was the perfect place for the most evil racists in history to live.”

Then she looked out to the infinitely blue sea around the ship and sighed audibly before she continued.

” Sadly, to some extent, it still is welcoming and accomodating of racial hatred. We took the Tango from the African slaves and made it our own. In Argentina, not one person will tell you the true history of that dance. They don’t want to associate it with Africa. In fact if you ask them about black people in Argentina they will tell you that there has never been black people in Argentina. They teach them in schools. They rewrite the history. They make it all white. And as I said it is all underneath the surface. They never come out and say we hate black people. Argentina is only for whites or anything like that. They have just fixed the country to only be for white people.”

I looked at her friends, Argentineans like her, who were lounging on the chairs on the deck, clad in their tiny bikinis, drinking pina coladas and smiling.

She followed my gaze and then turned to me.

“Don’t be fooled by all those smiles, scratch the surface and you will see that all they want is for you to disappear.”

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I watched the Argentina and Iceland match today and wondered why there were no black players in the Argentinean team when other South American teams had black or biracial players, I remembered a conversation I had last year.

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.

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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.

Akpabio Needs To Make Peace With His Enemies.

7 Jul

By Asuquo Nyong Ette

“He should try to reach out personally to those whom he has hurt ( or even hurt him), make a time to wine and dine with them”

Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom State Governor.

Gov Akpabio has barely nine months to vacate the Hilltop Mansion. He might be painting a very horrendous picture of himself in his last lap of his administration. This should be a period of recompense, reparation and restitution; not vendetta!Akpabio‘s advisers are not doing him any justice by trying to make him look very bad at this time of his “good bye to all that”. If after seven years of Thomas purported vituperation and ‘mutiny’ , nothing happened to him, is this the time for payback?

He should try to reach out personally to those whom he has hurt ( or even hurt him), make a time to wine and dine with them. It is no longer time for his man’s Friday to take the front burner. Sycophancy should be trashed by now. Soon he will be an ordinary person, apart from his bullet proof cars, his security will be trimmed, SSS and the dark glasses boys will no longer walk beside his car. It is time for his critics too to shield swords!

But one problem is, his imposition agenda would not let this happen! Even if it is Akpbio’s mother that will take over from him, she will not take instruction from Akpabio after six months! During the first three years of his emergence, I was his big fan! I lauded his generosity and pragmatism. I turned one of his critics when paranoid sycophants turned his administration into money making venture, snitching, blackmailing, spying and even killing sometimes, oblivious of his thoughts. Today what I’m I doing? Watching with my Ishiewu! Of course, there is God oohhhh!! #FreeThomasThomasNow!

Free Thomas Thomas.

Udom Emmanuel Still The Puppet Master

30 Jun
By Clayton Udoh
Dear Essien Ndueso,
                          A lot of people went through what I wrote . The fact of the matter is that I have received a lot of very positive reviews from people based on this. In the past I would become highly agitated by your failure to understand. However, we are familiar with you and we know how you interpret stuff. Those who got the point did. If you didn’t that’s just too bad. In your attempts to lash out you need to really review how you use words. Castigate?
You may be in denial but we know, minus greed,what the state of affair is for so many people out there. It is beyond you or me or big words like “Castigate”.
Not everybody is a big shot like you ” Personal Assistant to the King in Media” . A lot of us are hardworking people with a clear view of the condition in which the masses exist in.  

Clayton Udoh.

My friend, my views are not something we need to argue about . I am entitled to them . 
Just like your argument that the SSG is so qualified that there should be no elections and he should just be given the office of the Governor of Akwa Abasi Ibom State ,so do I also bring forward my ridiculous statement (in your opinion), that Albert Bassey suffered to get clean running water like the rest of us and others do, till this day in the state . I wrote stupid stuff like he understands how unemployment can be like, especially in times when there was no Internet to use and praise your way into a job (if you know what I mean) . I understand how ridiculous it is when I say that Udom cannot connect with the people like Albert Bassey. I understand how my admiration of Albert Bassey is ridiculous to you . I wrote stupid stuff like he didn’t have a generator once like most of you do to augment the failure of Ibom Power Plant to ever supply electric power to the masses . I also understand your argument that  anybody who is sane should follow “My Leader” and the SSG blindly. 
However ,Essien Ndueso in my ridiculous state of mind,there is a love for Akwa Abasi Ibom state that I have that transcends all possible scenarios you will ever imagine and that includes my distaste for the “leader” installing a Puppetmaster/Stooge for the benefits of the likes of you. 
I am rather interested in a clean democratic process being established that is devoid of any kind of dynasty like we see in highly retrogressive societies. The people of Akwa Ibom State in my opinion are greater than you and the SSG and “The Leader” combined and in my opinion their silence does not mean they are living to their full potential . 
Udom Emmanuel may be busy pushing forward the ” Machineries of government” but the masses will determine if that’s the truth or not  and not a man like you who lives in a bubble of praise and worship. 
Let’s get one thing right ,as an Akwa Ibom son (which you gladly identified me as) my primary duty is to ensure that all candidates will be vetted completely and that Udom Emmanuel will be thoroughly scrutinized before he is allowed to dance into the Hilltop mansion. This is very essential in this day and age,in which your friends (Godswill Akpabio) have assassinated,imprisoned and driven into exile all the people who would have something tangible to say about this candidate and the main populace cowers in fear of of following their conscience. That you identify such scrutiny and true analysis of this individual as bringing him down is regrettable.
We have enough time to bring more information about Albert Bassey,as you in subsequent days will have time to go after every person that will question the candidature of Udom Emmanuel. 
In the mean time remain blessed.
Cheers 
 
Clayton Udoh 
Mesa,AZ
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