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Ukanafun Crisis: Unyime Idem in fresh scandal over release of wanted Kingpin

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As indigenes of Ukanafun Local Government Area crave for an end to the regime of enduring insecurity in the area, youths of the area have risen in protest against the CEO of Idems Ultimate Group, Mr Unyime Idem, who is alleged to have been involved in the release of a detained crime suspect Mr. Aniedi Okon Udosen (AKA Spirro), decrying that patronage from some stakeholders to criminal elements was aggravating the already deplorable security situation in the area.

Restating their resolve to rid the area of untoward characters, the youths gave a 14 day ultimatum for the re-arrest of the said Aniedi Okon Udosen, a.k.a Spirro, from Ikot Akpa Nkuk, who until recently was in detention for his alleged role in the Urua Akpan Eshiet carnage and other criminal acts that have negatively affected the area’s economic fortunes and mutual coexistence.

The angry youths, who converged in Ikot Akpan Nkuk, the Local Government Headquarters, according to our source, voiced their displeasure against the role of Unyime Idem, a businessman and aspirant to the Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, whom they noted is alleged to have facilitated Spirro’s release from detention without reasonable explanation. Here the good people of Ukanafun have began to question the credibility of the aspirant.

Expressing their dissatisfaction with Unyime Idem’s alleged role in the said release of the crime kingpin, the youths decried that so much has been lost to the reign of terror and thus has beclouded the area and turned it into a relic of somnolence and despondency. They urged the well meaning citizens of Ukanafun to challenge the monster of insecurity headlong, rather than act in pretence or patronage.

Querying why Idem, a renowned telecommunications entrepreneur would identify with a character like Spirro, an ally of the slain kidnap kingpin, Akaninyene Jumbo (Iso Akpafid) whose nefarious activities have led to the series of violent crimes that have seen to the killings of innocent indigenes of the area, the youths frowned at his insensitivity to Ukanafun’s growing security challenges.

Referring to his National Assembly aspiration as self-serving, the people recounted how the business mogul relocated his family from Ukanafun, abandoning them to their fate while criminal activities in the area assumed heightened levels, only to return to facilitate a suspect’s release, to boost his political fortunes.

Trouble, according to our findings started when Aniedi Udosen (Spirro) upon his return from detention, went round threatening those suspected to have volunteered information that led to his arrest, boasting to be enjoying Unyime Idem’s protection and support, after which he proceeded to a church known as Glorious Parish Liberty Ministry at Park lane, for a thanksgiving service, on Sunday.

Mr. Udosen, alleged to be the leader of a recently banned cult organization in the state, known as the Iceland group, may have assured the National Assembly hopeful the support and protection by his group, during the upcoming election. This lends credence to the suspicion that some politicians were benefiting from the unrest.

Corroborating the position of youths of the area, members of the Ukanafun chapter of Akwa Ibom Professional Commercial motorcyclists Association (APCOMA) who recently mobilized support for Unyime Idem’s National Assembly aspiration, also protested against the release of Spirro, whom they noted has made life unbearable for them.

Led by the chapter Chairman of APCOMA in the area, Mr. Edidiong Friday Iwuo, the group announced their withdrawal of an earlier support to Idem, burning some of his campaign materials including banners, stickers and t-shirts, while promising to mobilize their members to support any aspirant that will have the people’s welfare at heart.

Announcing that the decision to withdraw their support from Idem was in solidarity with colleagues who have lost their lives and means of livelihood to the reign of insecurity, members of APCOMA decried the business mogul’s involvement in Spirro’s release, describing his disposition to such patronage as taking sides with people who have wrought havoc in the area.

They called on the security agencies not to relent in their bid to rid Ukanafun and its environs of criminal elements, regardless of statuses of those found culpable, declaring their resolve to mobilize indigenes of the area against perpetrators of various crimes, so as to enhance the return of peace to the troubled area.

Summarily, as residents perceive a more virulent security lapse lurking with the release of Mr. Udosen, the entire members of APCOMA and the youths of Ukanafun, in one accord, have pledged their lives to the hands of Mr. Idem, whom they swear will hold responsible in case of subsequent security misdemeanour in the area!

Efforts by Akwa Ibom INFO to get reaction from Mr. Idem were unsuccessful as at the time of filling this report.

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Udom Emmanuel Intimidated by the Rising Political Profile of Emmanuel Ekon

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“A golden fish has no hiding place”
The account of the biblical Joseph in the book of Genesis is an account that tells us that no matter human machinations against a man who has been destined for greatness, he will surely be made a great man.

Yesterday, the 7th day of April 2018, was another day in the history of a state where a sitting governor demonstrated fear over a rising political profile of a man whose performance has surpassed imaginations of antics of superlative performance, including the governor Udom himself.

It is now on record that since the existence of Abak federal constituency, there has never been a representative with such a huge positive impact on the constituents as the present representation of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon. Ranging from human capacity development, infrastructure renaissance and intellectual development. His competency, dexterity, tenacity and prowess as a member of the House of Representatives has received accolades from across the country and the world.

In April 2018, the Akwa Ibom State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists, after careful consideration of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon as a legislator, nominated him for a merit award and was presented to him during this year’s world press freedom day. As a legislator whose concerns are that of using the platform he occupies today for service and development of his constituency, state and the nation at large, continues to do what he knows how to do better.

The Akwa Ibom state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists again has to nominate him again for an award. This time, he was nominated because of his superlative performances. That of April was a merit award and now an award on performance. His nomination for this award was done without his knowledge not until a letter of notification was sent to him by the council.

When this development got to a non performing governor Udom Emmanuel, he rose against it. Immediately, leadership of the NUJ were summoned by the government and told in clear terms to withdraw the award or they would cut ties with the Council including the sponsorship of the program. The governor became very upset about the decision of the NUJ to honor the Lawmaker with such prestigious award when according to him, he was ganging up with Senator Godswill Akpabio to frustrate his second term ambition. See fear and intimidation!

It is a very disgraceful story of a governor dabbling into the affairs of an independent Union in the name of playing politics. I advise that the governor should be more concerned with how he would win votes and not the intimidation of the Journalists. One of the Union members said “We are not happy that the government is interfering in our activities. If they have issues, they should find a way and settle without using our platform to grind their axes.

The question is, does his order to withdraw the award that which will make Udom not to fail the 2019 gubernatorial election? No! His defeat is eminently staring at his face. His order to withdraw the award cannot also stop the people of Abak Federal Constituency from overwhelmingly giving their unalloyed supports to a man who has rewritten the history of the federal constituency in terms of effective and efficient representation.

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Essien Udim PDP Elders Extol High Rate of Poverty in Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Administration

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There is no doubt that Akwa Ibom people have experienced a sad departure from the traditional three square meal that characterised the administration of H.E Sen. Akpabio to the celebrated poverty occasioned by Gov. Udom’s Administration.

Recently, the PDP Elders particularly from Essien Udim extraction in a communique issued on the 29th day of November and intended to drum support for Gov. Udom, lauded the Governor on the rate of poverty in the state as ably promoted by his administration. The acclaimed elders had this to say;

“We are committed and here by ‘solidarize’ with the good governance of His Excellency Mr. Udom Emmanuel Governor of Akwa Ibom State, whose leadership in the state ‘and’ promoted security of lives an poverty….”

First it must be pointed out that the editor(s) and or authors of the said communique owe Essien Udim people an apology for daring to publish such work plagued with grammatical errors. Essien people are better than this.

Be that as it may, it is quite regrettable that the said elders who fed fat from the administration of Senator Akpabio are today extolling poverty and urging the Governor to continue to impoverish the state. Nothing can be more demeaning of these said elders than this self-seeking and lowly scripted message of solidarity. It shows that they are lacking in conscience and love for the future of Essien Udim and Akwa Ibom State at large.

This is one message that Gov Emmanuel should take with a pinch of salt. These men or elders should not be taken seriously. They are no less political jobbers who are self satisfying.

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Akwa Ibom PDP: APC planning to attack State House of Assembly Complex

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Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party through its Publicity Secretary, Com. Ini Ememobong says it has uncovered plans to attack the Akwa Ibom state house of assembly complex by APC mercenaries.

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We are in receipt of credible intelligence highlighting plans by the opposition APC to use thugs to invade the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly and prevent the House from carrying out its legitimate business of law making. The thugs we have been reliably informed, are camped in Ikot Ekpene and will be conveyed in buses to uyo,. On arrival at uyo, they will be dropped at different locations (Abak road by secretariat junction, Itam junction, uyo village road by ikpa road) from where they are expected to board tricycles in pairs and head towards the assembly. Another set of thugs are expected to accompany the ousted lawmaker, Mr. Idongesit Ituen to attempt to force his way into the assembly. The motive of this invasion is to prevent the Speaker from declaring vacant the seat of the sacked legislator. This invasion has as its adjunct function, the creation of tension as a feeder to the desired invitation of ‘Federal might’ to close the assembly. However, the fact of the matter is that by the judgement of the Federal High Court, Uyo delivered in a suit filed by the self-embattled lawmaker( former Honourable Ituen), the court held inter alia that by his defection, he had lost his seat and ipso facto restrained the Speaker or any of the official of the Assembly from recognizing or granting access to the said former legislator. The Speaker had upon receipt of the judgement issued a statement indicating his obedience of the court order. That having been done, the seat of the ousted assemblyman had become vacant by the operation of law. So the intended invasion is unwarranted and in fact useless, as it’s aims are already defeated. The only available route for the Former Honourable member and his co-travellers is to obtain an order of a higher court vacating the judgement of the Federal High Court, Uyo which for all purposes is extant.

We have alerted security agencies to prevent any attack on the symbol of democracy. The State assembly must be protected and allowed to function properly without any distraction.

Signed:

Comrade Ini Ememobong
State Publicity Secretary
People’s Democratic Party
19112018

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2019: Akwa Ibom student group endorses Buhari, Ekere

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The National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 election.

The group made known its endorsement of Mr Buhari during an event on Saturday in Uyo to mark the International Students’ Day.

The group, which praised Mr Buhari for his administration’s anti-corruption fight and the “reformation agenda”, also endorsed Nsima Ekere, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom.

The president of NAAKISS at the Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osura, Chapter, Daramfon Odiong, moved a motion for the endorsement of Mr Buhari as “our candidate”, while the president of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo) chapter of the association, Ime Hanson, moved a motion for the endorsement of Mr Ekere.

NAAKISS has been having a running battle with the state government over the non-payment of bursary to students of Akwa Ibom origin studying in tertiary institutions across the country.

The student body in November last year organised a peaceful protest in Uyo against the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, for allegedly “refusing to show interest in their welfare.”

During the last Saturday event, Mr Odiong said Mr Emmanuel’s administration has made “little or no impact” on education, despite the “huge” money the state government receives monthly from the federation account.

He said apart from the bursary, the students from the state were no longer getting scholarships and grants from the state government.

“We the entire students of Akwa Ibom State origin choose to use this medium to ask these questions: How much is bursary? How much is Christmas carol (which is organised annually by the state government)?
“How much is the cost of political rallies?

“We have been ignored but our voices must be heard,” said Mr Odiong, as the large crowd of students who gathered at the private event centre in the city for the ceremony cheered on – clapping and shouting.

President Buhari’s aide, Ita Enang, and Mr Ekere’s running mate, Amadu Atai, were among the dignitaries present at the event.

After the event, the president of NAAKISS, Uniuyo chapter, Mr Hanson, told PREMIUM TIMES the last time students in the state received bursary, grants, and scholarships from the state government was in 2014 when Godswill Akpabio was governor.

“Since Governor Udom Emmanuel came into office, law students and medical students have not received the grants they used to get from the state government,” he said.
The student leader said they have confidence in Mr Ekere’s ability to take care of students’ welfare if he is elected governor in the forthcoming election.

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