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Ikot Ekpene Prison to receive boost in security structure

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In a bid to check the level of jailbreaks, and forestall the re-occurrence of future attempts, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police has promised to beef up the security situation at the Ikot Ekpene Prisons in Akwa Ibom State.

This became necessary after the reported case of jailbreak last month at the facility, where about fourty seven inmates were said to have broke lose. Four unlucky escapees were gunned down by the security men on duty, while a total of fourteen were recaptured.

The State CP, Mr. Adeyemi  Ogunjemilusi told reporters in Uyo that collaborative efforts of the DSS and other sister agencies were being put in place to facilitate the recapture of the remaining inmates.

‘’We have re-inforced security around the Prisons and we are working together with sister agencies and some of the inmates have been rearrested,” The Commissioner remarked.

Controller of prisons in the State, Alex Oditah has also called for the cooperation of community members in form of useful intelligence to the Police so as to quicken the process of re-arrest.

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President-elect Weah promises agricultural revolution, infrastructural development

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President-elect of Liberia, George Weah

(Akwa Ibom INFO) – In his first interview since winning last weeks’s election, Liberian President-elect George Weah on Tuesday set modest goals for his six-year term, calling for Liberia to start exporting crops as well as the repairing of decaying infrastructure.

Mr Weah, later this month, will replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in Liberia’s first democratic transfer of power since 1944.

“I want for us to be self-sustained so we can export,” he said. “The government has a responsibility to have agricultural programs so people are able to grow their own food.

“Ghana exports, our neighboring countries export – we have the capacity to export,” he continued. “They export and we can do the same.”

He also made infrastructure a priority, having grown up in the slums of Clara Town.

“The roads for connectivity are vital. We have partners and we have revenue that we will make sure will come in to build our roads,” he said.

George Weah faces criticism that he lacks the experience and knowledge for the job but has promised to surround himself with first-rate advisers.

“We will have economists who will put us on track. They will look at what is in the coffers and then work out how to move forward,” he said.

He also has appealed to Liberians living overseas to return home.

 

 

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