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NSCDC Rescues Underage Girls from Alleged Prostitution Ring in Akwa Ibom State

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Akwa Ibom State command successfully conducted a raid on a hotel in Ini Local Government Area of the state, rescuing two underage girls from a suspected prostitution ring.

According to DSC Ekerete Friday, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, the operation took place on Saturday, July 15, 2023, following vital intelligence provided by another teenager who managed to escape after being coerced into engaging in inappropriate activities with men at the hotel against her will.

The rescued girl, who was initially taken from her parents to work as a sales attendant in the Bar/Restaurant section of the hotel, was allegedly forced by Madam Imaobong, the wife of the hotel operator, to sleep with a man against her wishes. Courageously, she managed to escape and promptly contacted NSCDC officials in the state for assistance.

During the operation, the NSCDC rescued the victims who admitted to engaging in such activities from time to time and handing over their earnings to Madam Imaobong, who is currently evading capture.

In light of these events, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Eluyemi Eluwade, issued a warning to parents and guardians to remain vigilant against such criminals who employ deceitful tactics to lure young girls into unwholesome practices.

He emphasized the importance of education and encouraged parents to take advantage of the Akwa Ibom State government’s free and compulsory education policy up to the secondary school level.

The NSCDC will hand over the victims and other suspects apprehended at the hotel to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further investigation and the rehabilitation of the victims.

This incident serves as a reminder of the need for continued efforts to protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation and abuse.

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Akwa Ibom NMA Chairman and Vice Chairman Impeached Amid Allegations of Misconduct

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In a dramatic turn of events, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Akwa Ibom State chapter has impeached its Chairman, Prof. Emem Abraham, and Vice Chairman, Dr. Aniekan Utuk, following allegations of gross misconduct, high-handedness, and misappropriation of funds.

The impeachment took place during an Ordinary General Congress held on Wednesday at the NMA Secretariat, Kilometer 8, Nwaniba Road, Uyo.

The impeachment motion, supported by 71 members present at the Congress, marks the end of Prof. Abraham’s administration, which began on July 16, 2022, and was due to conclude on July 17, 2024. Following the impeachment, Dr. Usenobong Morgan Akpan, the Association’s Secretary, was elected as the Acting Chairman, with a vote of 61 in favor and 13 against.

During a press briefing at the Doctor’s Mess, Udo Udoma Avenue, Dr. Akpan outlined the reasons for the impeachment, citing financial mismanagement and procedural breaches. “The embattled Chairman and her vice were impeached for running the NMA Akwa Ibom State for five months without a budget while expending millions of naira, and presenting to the State Executive Council a financial statement for a free medical outreach accounting for only N6 million out of N34 million questioned,” Akpan explained.

Additional grounds for impeachment included breaches of the NMA National Constitution and Akwa Ibom State Bye-laws, unauthorized ejection of members from the association’s WhatsApp group, and high-handedness. Dr. Akpan called for the immediate withdrawal of privileges and recognitions previously accorded to the impeached officials.

“As the Secretary of the NMA, I was made the Acting Chairman by virtue of hierarchy; with the Chairman and Vice Chairman being impeached, I am next in line. We request that all forms of recognition and privileges accrued to the suspended persons be withdrawn,” Akpan stated.

In a counter-statement, Prof. Emem Abraham declared the impeachment null and void, insisting she remains the Chairman of the NMA Akwa Ibom State chapter. She accused Dr. Akpan of acting unilaterally and stated that the association’s ordinary general meeting (OGM) on June 2, 2024, was disrupted and recessed for security reasons, with no impeachment process initiated.

Prof. Abraham emphasized, “There was no impeachment process against me or any officer of the Association. The NMA AKS is intact, and I remain in charge as the Chairman.”

The Public Relations Officer of NMA, Dr. Unyime Ndoh, echoed this sentiment, urging members to disregard the impeachment claims and stating that the OGM would reconvene soon.

Further investigations revealed that the crisis in the NMA Akwa Ibom chapter intensified after the kidnapping of Dr. John Robbin Esu in Oron local government area on April 30, 2024. Following a 15-day ordeal, Prof. Abraham called for a strike to expedite Dr. Esu’s release, which led to internal conflict and the eventual impeachment.

The unfolding situation highlights deep divisions within the NMA Akwa Ibom chapter and raises questions about leadership and governance within the association.

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Ex-Convict in Military Uniform Arrested in Akwa Ibom

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old ex-convict, Edidiong Matthew, who was found dressed in a military uniform.

The suspect, an indigene of Ikot Ekong in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, was apprehended following intelligence reports from the public.

In a statement issued on Thursday in Uyo, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP Timfon John, detailed the arrest and the suspect’s criminal activities. “On June 5, 2024, at approximately 14:00 hours, police operatives on crime prevention patrol arrested Edidiong Anthony Matthew, a 35-year-old indigene of Ikot Ekong Village in Mkpat Enin LGA, dressed in partial military camouflage,” the statement read.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Matthew is an ex-convict who had been using his military attire to commit various crimes in the state. Items recovered from the suspect included a walkie-talkie, phones suspected to be stolen from his victims, a brown coverall, and an RCC ID card. The suspect will be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation.

The police command reiterated its commitment to ridding the state of criminal elements. “This follows the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, CP Waheed Ayilara’s affirmation of the command’s unwavering commitment and dedication to making Akwa Ibom inhabitable for criminals,” ASP John stated.

The command expressed its readiness to intensify efforts to apprehend other criminals on their wanted list, ensuring the safety and security of the residents of Akwa Ibom State.

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Nigerian Navy Intercepts Boat with Illegally Refined Petroleum Heading to Cameroon

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Troops from the Nigerian Navy’s Operation Delta Sanity, stationed at the Forward Operating Base in Ibaka, Akwa Ibom State, intercepted a wooden boat loaded with drums of illegally refined petroleum products bound for Cameroon. The interception took place on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

The operation was detailed in a statement posted on the Nigerian Navy’s verified Facebook page on Sunday. The statement highlighted the successful interception and the subsequent actions taken by the naval forces.

According to the statement: “Operation Delta Sanity: On Saturday, 18 May 2024, Forward Operating Base Ibaka intercepted a wooden boat laden with drums of illegally refined PMS carefully concealed among some building materials and household items bound for the Republic of Cameroon.”

During the interception, two suspects were apprehended and are currently detained. The Nigerian Navy plans to hand them over to the relevant agency in Akwa Ibom State for further investigation and prosecution.

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