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JAMB Lifts Lid on Reported Swallowing of N36m by Snake

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB on Monday banished a viral reports making rounds on the internet space and social media that a “spiritual” snake swallowed N36 million belonging to the board in Bauchi.

The Board in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Franklin Benjamin said it was a pure case of criminality and fraud by one of its staff. The report had it that a mystery snake sneaked into the accounts office of the board in Makurdi, Benue state and swallowed N36 million cash belonging JAMB.

The development occurred when a team of auditors dispatched by JAMB to take inventory of sold and unsold scratch cards and recover funds generated or embezzled during sales periods. JAMB candidates usually purchase scratch cards to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or for checking their admission status but that has been stopped by the registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.

The report read; “A sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards. In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the account office”.

Speaking on the fraud, Benjamin said; “It is natural for the office to account for what they have after the sale of scratch cards has been stopped and we discovered that lots of money was missing in Markurdi and other offices.

“There are procedures in the civil service, so the whole thing is still under investigation. She was queried, she appeared before disciplinary committee, although she confessed that money was missing and a snake swallowed it.

“Unfortunately, she is calling one Joan’s name which did not appear in the investigation at all. Joan only recommended a house help for her. Of course, the management did not believe the story. She is just trying to put an excuse forward.

“These are things the Registrar is trying to unravel to put the board on the right footing. We had a case where one of the staff said he had an accident on his way and the scratch cards got burnt but only for us to discover that they were used because they all had serial numbers.”

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‘Do not listen’ to Udom – Akwa Ibom People Beg Senator Akpabio

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A section of Akwa Ibom residents have expressed reservations over the sudden posture of Governor Udom Emmanuel towards his predecessor, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The social media on Sunday, was awash with pictures of Governor Udom Emmanuel exchanging pleasantries and whispering to
his ex-benefactor, Senator Godswill Akpabio at the Diocesan New Year Prayer and Fasting Assembly 2019 of the Catholic Diocese of Uyo held at Cardinal Ekanem Seminary Grounds, Dominic Utuk Avenue, Uyo.

Reacting to the development, facebook users have called on Senator Godswill Akpabio not to listen to Udom’s friendly gimmicks. “We do not know what he whispered to Senator, we are urging him not to listen to Udom’s lies. We’re waiting for March 2nd, Akwa Ibom people will reply all the invectives that Udom has poured on Akpabio”.

Another facebook user, Victy Peter said “Governor Udom’s gesture is coming too late. After hurling insults and paying mercenaries to humiliate Senator Akpabio, Udom should not deceive Akwa Ibom people with his friendly gesture. Maybe, he should postpone them till after the elections, we’re confident Udom will loose”.

Further investigations by Akwa Ibom INFO reveals that Udom is embarking on a mission of reconciliation because he is afraid of being ridiculed by Obong Nsima Ekere in the forthcoming polls. “The Governor is surrounded by mercantile politicians, he knows that he will not be re-elected but you know he cannot walk-away without putting up a fight”, another user added.

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Pastor Charis, Uma Ukpai, Nathaniel Bassey, Ors for Restoration Convention 2019

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Pastor Charis Essienobong, Senior Pastor and Founder, Restoration Grace Ministries will speak at the Restoration Convention 2019, with the theme: “Alive Again”.

The yearly event, which begins from Monday, January 14 to Sunday, January 20, will feature ministrations by Pastor Nathaniel Bassey, Prospa Ochimana, Pastor Ity Charis, The Classical Choir and The Restored Voices Choir, among others.

According to the organiser of the convention, Pastor Charis Essienobong, “this year’s theme alongside the pastor’s restoration conference is targeted at bringing to life anything that is dead around, within the life of believers and God is ready to release fresh light for His people.”

Other ministers of the gospel expected at the event include Pastor (Mrs) Idy Charis, Rev (Dr) Uma Ukpai, Bishop (Dr) John Ekong of the New Ark of Covenant Ministries and the Founder and Presiding Bishop of Victory Life Ministries International, Bishop Mike Bamidele.

The week-long power-packed event will be rounded off with Super Celebration Service on Sunday, January 20, 2018 from 8am at the church auditorium.

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Yuletide: Emmanuel Ekon Floods Federal Constituency with 4,000 Bags of Rice

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• Senator Udoedehe dissolves parallel excos

In an uncommon move that has never been heard of any from a federal lawmaker, Chairman House Committee on Local Content and Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon has commenced distribution of 4,000 bags of rice, cash gift and other festive items worth millions of Naira.

Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon

Speaking at the flag-off of the exercise in Etim Ekpo and Ika Local Government Area which was graced and supported with various donations by APC State Chairman, Hon. Ini Okopido, Atuekong Inibehe Okori, DIG Udom Ekpoudom and wife, Member Representing Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Hon. Gabriel Toby and APC flagbearer for Etim Ekpo/Ika State Constituency, Barr. Chris Okorie, party leaders, stalwarts and faithfuls, the lawmaker announced the donation of 200 bags of rice, cash gift of N500, 000 and a live cow, each to the Local Government Areas.

The frontline lawmaker who is also the APC flagbearer for Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency in the forthcoming elections admonished youths to shun violence and desist from being tools in the hands of desperate politicians.

“The forthcoming elections is a choice between Keke Napep empowerment and knowledge. I recently watched a video where the retiring emperor of Etim Ekpo, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem claimed that he sent me to National Assembly to empower youths with motorcycle, not oversight and training of youths. Each of my trainees receive at least N120, 000 monthly which is more than the price of Keke. For Enoidem to say that youths only Keke Napep, it is time for the youths to tell him that the youths of Etim Ekpo are worth than Keke Napep”, he added.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of All Progressive Congress, Hon. Ini Okopido lauded the lawmaker and other dignitaries for their gesture which he said is palliative due to the gross insensitivity of the Udom administration towards the people. “By the time we take over government in 2019, we will continue to place the people at the center of our programmes”, he said.

In a similar vein, former lawmaker representing Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo commended the lawmaker for taking the welfare of constituents as priority, urging the people to remain steadfast and deliver all candidates of the party in 2019.

Responding, the youth leader of Ika Local Government, Mr. Ufok Abia and women leaders assured the lawmaker of the support of youths. “The youths of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency have resolved to vote for all candidates of the All Progressives Congress. We simply have no choice, we’re ready to return all our candidates.”

Meanwhile, Senator John Udoedehe has dissolved parallel excos of the party in the area. According to him, “My task in Etim Ekpo is simple and easy. I am here to dissolve is parallel excos and by the powers conferred on me, I hereby dissolve all structures of the party. We have decided to work with the excos recognised by the leadership of the state. Don’t let anyone deceive you with money, APC is taking over Akwa Ibom State. At the moment, we’re no longer talking about winning the state, we’re talking about which local government that is returning the highest number of votes”.

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Business Mogul Lauds Emmanuel Ekon on Human Capacity Development

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CEO of Wissun Motors, Mr. Wisdom Sunday Ubom has commended Chairman House committee on Local Content and member representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon for human capacity development and giant developmental strides.

Mr. Wisdom Ubom

The automobile expert who disclosed this in an interaction with Akwa Ibom INFO lauded the meaningful contributions of the lawmaker especially with the training of over 500 youths in the oil and gas industry, a feat he said has never been achieved in the history of representation in the constituency.

“Ekon has consistently focused on projects and programs that has brought about the grassroots’ development, thus making better the fortunes of the constituency. With his commitment towards empowering the youths in the constituency through various skill acquisition programs, the lawmaker recognises that youths are the future of our great constituency.”

“He has been passionate about youths. Recently he raised a motion on the need to forestall the resurgence of youth restiveness in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas in the constituency and called on the Presidential Amnesty Committee to integrate the aggrieved youths for proper training and rehabilitation.”

“We are impressed with the initiative of the lawmaker and that is why we are supporting his re-election bid. The youths of Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency will vote overwhelming for Ekon”, he added.

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