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UMO ENO’S CLASSMATES RISE IN HIS DEFENCE, INSIST HE LEFT SCHOOLS WITH HONOUR

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Classmates of Akwa Ibom State Governor-elect, Pastor Umo Eno at Victory High School and University of Uyo have taken to various platforms to defend him, insisting that he was a sterling student.

The classmates’ reaction came following another spate of personal attacks on the entrepreneur turned politician by certain adversaries who are not only desperate for power but want to wish away his overwhelming victory at the March 18, 2023 gubernatorial poll.

His secondary school peers expressed their staunch defence through a congratulatory letter dated May 10, 2023 by Victory High School/College Old Students Association.

The old students wrote “We believe that your victory is well deserved and it will afford the great and good people of Akwa Ibom State the opportunity to benefit from your wealth of experience, competence, character and wisdom some of which were evident during your days at Victory High School/College, where you excelled and was the Senior Prefect.

The letter signed by Engr. Oluseyi Olorunyomi, Global President and Prince (Dr.) Richard Oma Ahonaruogho (SAN), Chairman, Board of Trustees went further to state “ We wish to assure your Excellency and the great people of Akwa Ibom of the continued goodwill and prayers of Victory High School/College Old School Association.

In a similar vein, some students who graduated from the University of Uyo have also taken to various platforms to express their views about the governor-elect.

One of them Effiong Peter said he was in the faculty of Political Science and Public Administration and that he can remember Umo Eno vividly because he was one of the mature students in their department.

“ He was a senior student, many people who were in the faculty knew him because he was not your regular student. I am certain that he graduated with us and so this story of rustication is the figment of somebody’s imagination.

Another wrote “Idorenyin Umana and I grauduated alongside the incoming Governor, Umo Bassey Eno. Stop this smelly propaganda and smear campaign.

This person went further to state ‘ See attached, our graduation brochure and check the name ticked in red by the left”

The screenshot of the brochure he posted had the words 6th Convocation University of Uyo at the bottom and page 89 had a list of graduating students. Under Second Class (Honours) Lower Division, the 17th name on the list is ENO, Umo Bassey.

Another UniUyo graduate wondered why some politicians will go to such a length to rubbish the reputation of another person..

” And to even think that one of those making these wild allegations is a convict currently serving a jail term, makes this whole cooked up story laughable”

It will be recalled that Mr Akan Okon, a PDP aspirant had approached the Supreme Court in Appeal Number SC/CV/172/2023 having lost previously at both the Federal High Court and Appeal Court.

He had alleged that he was the validly elected PDP candidate and cast aspersions on the certificate of Pastor Umo Eno.

The Supreme Court in its judgement held that Pastor Eno was eminently qualified for the election and was duly nominated by his party on May 25, 2022.

The appeal court had also affirmed that the WAEC result presented to the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission (INEC) by Pastor Eno was authentic and not a forgery as alleged by Mr Akan Okon.
The classmates’ reaction came following another spate of personal attacks on the entrepreneur turned politician by certain adversaries who are not only desperate for power but want to wish away his overwhelming victory at the March 18, 2023 gubernatorial poll.

His secondary school peers expressesd their staunch defence through a congratulatory letter dated May 10, 2023 by Victory High School/College Old Students Association.

The old students wrote “We believe that your victory is well deserved and it will afford the great and good people of Akwa Ibom State the opportunity to benefit from your wealth of experience, competence, character and wisdom some of which were evident during your days at Victory High School/College, where you excelled and was the Senior Prefect.
The letter signed by Engr. Oluseyi Olorunyomi, Global President and Prince (Dr.) Richard Oma Ahonaruogho (SAN), Chairman, Board of Trustees went further to state “ We wish to assure your Excellency and the great people of Akwa Ibom of the continued goodwill and prayers of Victory High School/College Old School Association.

University Of Uyo – University of Uyo-Vision:To be a centre of academic excellence by utilizing the available human and technological resources for teaching, research, community service and sustainable development.

In a similar vein, some students who graduated from the University of Uyo have also taken to various platforms to express their views about the governor-elect.

One of them Effiong Peter said he was in the faculty of Political Science and Public Administration and that he can remember Umo Eno vividly because he was one of the mature students in their department.

“ He was a senior student, many people who were in the faculty knew him because he was not your regular student. I am certain that he graduated with us and so this story of rustication is the figment of somebody’s imagination.

Another wrote “Idorenyin Umana and I grauduated alongside the incoming Governor, Umo Bassey Eno. Stop this smelly propaganda and smear campaign.

This person went further to state ‘ See attached, our graduation brochure and check the name ticked in red by the left”

The screenshot of the brochure he posted had the words 6th Convocation University of Uyo at the bottom and page 89 had a list of graduating students. Under Second Class (Honours) Lower Division, the 17th name on the list is ENO, Umo Bassey.
Another Uniyo graduate wondered why some politicians will go to such a length to rubbish the reputation of someone.
” And even to think that one of those making these wild allegations is a convict currently serving a jail term, makes this whole cooked up story laughable”

It will be recalled that Mr Akan Okon, a PDP aspirant had approached the Supreme Court in Appeal Number SC/CV/172/2023 having lost previously at both the Federal High Court and Appeal Court.

He had alleged that he was the validly elected PDP candidate and cast aspersions on the certificate of Pastor Umo Eno.
The Supreme Court in its judgement held that Pastor Eno was eminently qualified for the election and was duly nominated by his party on May 25, 2022.

The appeal court had also affirmed that the WAEC result presented to the Independent Natioal Electoral Commission (INEC) by Pastor Eno was authentic and not a forgery as alleged by Mr Akan Okon.

 

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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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