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Akwa Ibom Man Allegedly Murders Father Over Land Dispute

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The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has apprehended one Okon Edet for allegedly beating his father to death during an argument over a plot of land.

The sad event was confirmed by the Command’s spokesman, Odiko Macdon, while parading the suspect and 55 individuals who were arrested for various crimes.

While 54 of the suspects were nabbed for crimes ranging from kidnapping to robbery and cultism, Edet and another were accused of killing their parents.

According to the police mouthpiece, Edet murdered his 75-year-old father, Chief Edet Okon Oyoho, with a machete after confirming that he sold a plot of land he had already gifted to him.

Macdon said the other murder suspect, Nkereuwem Umoren Ekpo, also macheted his 90-year-old grandmother, Martina Udoudo Akpan, to death and absconded with her N16,750.

“On March 13, 2024, following reliable intelligence, operatives of Okobo division arrested one Okon Edet ‘M’ of Uruting Village in Okobo LGA for killing his father, one Chief Edet Okon Oyoho, ‘M’, aged 75, of the same address, by beating him mercilessly with a machete, leading to his demise. The suspect confessed to the crime.

“His reason for perpetrating the heinous crime was that he got information that his father, now late, who owns many parcels of land in their community in Okobo LGA, had sold many of the lands, including the one he gave to him as his son to build a house.

“So, he confronted his father and confirmed that the information was true, and he asked his father for the money he got from selling the land, and the father replied that the buyers hadn’t paid. So, he got angry and beat him to death.

“Similarly, on February 25, 2024, at about 1400Hrs, one Nkereuwem Umoren Ekpo ‘M’ of Adiasim Ikot Udo Village in Essien Udim LGA, was arrested for the murder of his grandmother, one Martina Udoudo Akpan ‘F’ of Onuk Nkop Ekpo village, aged about 90 years.

“The suspect was alleged to have used a machete to cut his grandmother’s neck while they were cutting cassava stem in the farm, which eventually led to her death, and untied the sum of N16,750 from the deceased’s wrapper and absconded.”

The PPRO highlighted that 54 individuals were apprehended for a range of offences, including kidnapping, robbery, and cultism.

Additionally, it was emphasized that the Commissioner of Police, Waheed Ayilara, is dedicated to ensuring the provision of efficient security in the state, aligning with global standards of excellence.

“In the last month, a total of four kidnap victims have been rescued including a woman who faked her own kidnap; 18 arrested for armed robbery, 11 for murder including two young men who killed their fathers, and 23 arrested for cultism and other vices,” Daily Trust quoted the police PPRO saying.

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EFCC Commences Probe into Eight Suspects for Alleged Illegal Oil Bunkering in Akwa Ibom

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced the initiation of an investigation into eight individuals suspected of engaging in illegal oil bunkering activities in Akwa Ibom State.

According to EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale, who issued a statement in Uyo on Tuesday, the suspects were apprehended for dealing in petroleum products without the appropriate licensing.

Though the identities of the suspects were not disclosed, Oyewale stated that they were arrested by the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ibaka, on February 23 while aboard a wooden boat named MV Jasmine.

“The suspects were apprehended in possession of 30,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be crude oil, stored in four plastic tanks,” he added.

Oyewale further mentioned that the suspects and the confiscated exhibits were handed over to the EFCC on April 3 by the Commanding Officer of FOB Ibaka, Capt. Uche Aneke.

Assuring a thorough investigation into the matter, the EFCC spokesperson reiterated the commission’s commitment to addressing illegal oil bunkering activities.

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Police Officers Injured in Cult Attack During Undercover Mission in Akwa Ibom State

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Two officers of the Nigeria Police Force, reportedly on an undercover mission, were severely injured by suspected cult members in Akwa Ibom State.

Reports revealed that the officers narrowly escaped being lynched but suffered multiple machete and projectile assaults by the criminals.

According to sources, the incident occurred when the officers, from the Abak local government area divisional headquarters, went to Ibong Ikot Akpan Abasi Village, Otoro Clan in Abak local government area to arrest a wanted criminal known as Udo. They succeeded in apprehending the suspect but encountered vehicle trouble on their way back to the station.

The criminals, led by Udo, raised an alarm claiming they were being kidnapped by unknown persons. This prompted youths from the community to mobilize and attack the officers with machetes and other weapons, despite their attempts to show their identity cards.

The severity of the attack left the officers with bruises all over their bodies, and they were later evacuated to a hospital for treatment after intervention from the paramount ruler of Abak. The police authorities have confirmed the incident and assured that the injured officers are receiving medical attention.

The state commissioner of police, Mr. Waheed Ayilara, has directed a specialized investigation team to work with other security agencies to apprehend the wanted criminal and his accomplices responsible for the assault.

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Akwa Ibom Community Celebrates as Court Sentences Local Terror to Death

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In a momentous ruling that resonated deeply with the people of Idung Ntuk Umah in Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, the State High Court has delivered a verdict that has been widely celebrated by the local community.

Udobong Stephen Adiahaunwa, a 48-year-old father of two and brother to the late Village Head, was sentenced to death by hanging, marking a significant milestone in the community’s fight against crime and terror.

Presided over by Justice Gabriel Ette, the court found Udobong guilty on charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, and terrorism, bringing an end to a series of criminal activities that had plagued the village for years. The charges stem from incidents dating back to 2009, including armed robbery, abduction, and the forceful initiation of teenagers into cult groups, all of which left the community in a state of fear and turmoil.

Udobong’s criminal spree began on December 29, 2009, when he and his gang, disguised as SARS Police operatives, abducted Friday Jackson Joe, who remains missing. Subsequent years saw further atrocities, including the robbery of village treasurers and the forceful initiation of teenagers into cultism, culminating in widespread fear and the destabilization of community life.

Despite previous arrests and temporary releases, Udobong’s reign of terror continued until his rearrest in December 2020, followed by a trial that concluded with his sentencing. His attempts to evade justice, including filing a suit for breach of fundamental rights while in hiding, ultimately failed to deter the course of law.

The verdict, delivered after a thorough examination of evidence and testimonies, was met with overwhelming approval from the community members who packed the courtroom to its capacity. This sentencing not only signifies a triumph of justice but also marks a pivotal moment of relief and hopeful restoration for the people of Idung Ntuk Umah.

The community has lauded Justice Gabriel Ette for his decisive judgement, viewing it as a restoration of their faith in the judiciary’s ability to uphold justice and protect the innocent. Udobong’s condemnation is seen as a closure to a dark chapter in the village’s history, offering a glimmer of hope for a peaceful and more secure future for the residents of Idung Ntuk Umah.

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