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Akwa Ibom Varsity to Community: Stop stealing our land

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Gov Udom Tinubu Akwa Ibom

Youths and community leaders in Ekpri Nsukara Offot, one of the host communities for the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), in Akwa Ibom State, have been protesting the alleged annexation and demolition of properties on a parcel of land by university officials. If the situation is not resolved quickly, tension could escalate into a full-fledged war, according to a leadership meeting yesterday.

The institution was advised to “stop forthwith the penchant to illegally acquire lands belonging to the village” by incensed community officials, who also urged on the teenagers to stage a nonviolent protest over suspected encroachment on communal lands.
Speaking against the backdrop of fresh destruction of property in parts of the village, allegedly carried out by the university on Monday night, the protesters lamented that “UNIUYO has constantly gone outside its boundaries to amass our lands.”
The chairman of the Village Council, Comrade Morris Bassey; the secretary, Elder Domingo Bassey Etim and the president of the Youth Council of Ekpri Nsukara, Otuekong Emem Asikpo, who spoke separately, noted that “UNIUYO has not reciprocated our friendly gestures as one of its host communities.”
“We are distressed that the authority of the University of Uyo has not respected the clearly demarcated boundaries with Ekpri Nsukara Offot community. We say so based on the ugly experiences with the institution for some years now.
“A case at hand is that on Monday, April 17, 2023 at about 11pm, the university moved in to trespass on our land. The authority sent Bulldozer into the adjoining lands which belonged to our community to destroy fences and houses under construction, which are owned by individuals.

“We have approached the University through the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Mr. Inyang Asuquo, to enquire about the latest action but they disclaimed the action as not coming from the institution. However, credible intelligence has it that the Bulldozer used in the operation emanated from the institution and also exited through the main campus. We see such action as a deliberate attempt by the University to forcefully acquire our land despite the large acreage of land already voluntarily conceded to the institution.
“We recall a particular instance in 2020 where similar actions of encroachments were carried out and properties belonging to several persons were destroyed by the University.

These despicable activities by the University of Uyo prompted our community to institute a Court action in suit no. HU/337/2015 against them. Surprisingly, despite the pendency of the litigation in the Court, the University has not stopped its illegal acts of infringing on our lands,” Morris Bassey said.

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APC Chieftain Commends Governor Umo Eno for Prompt Gratuity Payment

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Idorenyin Etuk, a prominent figure within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has expressed commendation for Governor Umo Eno’s consistent efforts in ensuring the regular payment of gratuities to retired civil servants.

Governor Eno recently authorized the disbursement of an additional N1.4 billion for the payment of gratuities to retired civil servants in the state. The breakdown of the payment indicates that N900 million is allocated for retired state civil servants, while N500 million is designated for retired primary school teachers.

A statement released by Ekerette Udoh, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, revealed that this additional allocation brings the total amount of gratuities disbursed by Governor Eno to N16.1 billion within ten months of his administration.

The issue of pension and gratuity payment has been a contentious subject, leading to protests from retired civil servants and their next of kin. In response to the governor’s actions, Etuk, a member of the APC Elders Council in the area, expressed his appreciation, highlighting the significance of the prompt payment of entitlements to retirees.

Etuk emphasized the importance of addressing the financial needs of retirees, stating that it is unjust to subject them to protests for the payment of their rightful benefits. He applauded Governor Eno’s people-centric approach to governance, noting that it demonstrates genuine concern for the welfare of senior citizens who have served the state diligently.

While acknowledging his initial opposition to Governor Eno’s gubernatorial ambition, Etuk admitted to witnessing the governor’s humanity and commitment to the well-being of the people. He emphasized the critical role of gratuity payments in alleviating the financial challenges faced by retirees, particularly in the current economic climate.

Etuk concluded by underscoring the significance of fulfilling obligations to retirees, recognizing their contributions to the state and the hardships they may encounter without timely payment of their entitlements.

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ASP John Timfon Assumes Duty as Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer

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In a significant transition within the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, ASP John Timfon has officially assumed the role of Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), becoming the 24th PPRO of the command.

This change comes as part of a recent appointment approved by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeoye Egbetokun, Ph.D, NPM.

ASP John Timfon succeeds CSP Odiko Macdon, who has been promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP). The handover was formalized on Tuesday, marking the beginning of ASP Timfon’s tenure as the face and voice of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.

Prior to her appointment as the Akwa Ibom State PPRO, ASP John Timfon served as the Head of Programmes for Nigeria Police Radio, 99.1FM, Abuja. Hailing from Akwa Ibom State, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, holding an LL.B (Hons) Degree in Law from the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, and being a member of the Regular Course 2.

In a statement issued by DSP Lawrence Anine of the PRO department, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command expressed gratitude to the outgoing PPRO, CSP Odiko Macdon, for his professionalism and dedication during his tenure. The command also urged the people of Akwa Ibom State to extend their cooperation and support to ASP John Timfon as she embarks on her new responsibilities.

With this transition, ASP John Timfon is poised to uphold the standards of transparency, communication, and community engagement, ensuring the effective dissemination of information and fostering positive relations between the police force and the residents of Akwa Ibom State.

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Testimony Unfolds in Trial Surrounding Lawyer’s Mysterious Death in Akwa Ibom

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In a gripping courtroom drama at the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo, more revelations emerged surrounding the death of Barrister Godwin Ikoiwak, a practicing lawyer with the State Ministry of Justice. Six individuals are currently standing trial in connection with the case, presided over by Justice Bassey Nkanang.

The court heard the compelling testimony of Mrs. Abasiesebanga Ikoiwak, the wife of the deceased and a registrar at the Court of Appeal, Calabar. Mrs. Ikoiwak, aged 37, provided a detailed account of the events leading up to her husband’s demise and the subsequent actions taken to conceal the circumstances of his death.

According to Mrs. Ikoiwak’s testimony, she directed her sister, Udeme Patrick Umoh, a Nigeria Police officer who is currently at large, to transport her husband’s body from her mother-in-law’s house to Saint Luke’s Hospital in Uyo. The purpose was to obtain a death certificate, falsely indicating that her husband passed away at the hospital rather than at his mother-in-law’s residence.

The defendants standing trial alongside Mrs. Ikoiwak include her mother, Margaret Patrick Umoh (67 years old), her sister, Owoidoho Patrick Umoh (36 years old), two medical doctors, Dr. Imoh Sunday Johnson and Dr. Isaac Njoku, as well as Reverend Father Gabriel Ekong, the Administrator of Saint Luke’s Hospital.

Mrs. Ikoiwak admitted to her involvement in the scheme, citing her confessional statement to the Department of State Services (DSS). She recounted the events leading to her husband’s death, mentioning his weakness upon returning from the Federal High Court, Uyo, and her decision to send him to her mother’s house for care.

However, discrepancies emerged during Mrs. Ikoiwak’s testimony, particularly regarding her communication with her family members and her husband’s health status. She claimed to have kept her husband’s family uninformed about his deteriorating condition and alleged that her in-laws refused to acknowledge her as the deceased’s wife and denied the existence of their two children.

The trial continues as the court seeks to uncover the truth behind Barrister Ikoiwak’s mysterious death and the events surrounding it.

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