Sunday, February 17, 2019

Akwa Ibom

    UPDATED: ’18 killed’, governor escapes as church building collapses in Uyo

UPDATED: ’18 killed’, governor escapes as church building collapses in Uyo

At least 18 worshippers have been killed in a building inside the Reigners Bible Church, along Uyo Village Road, collapsed in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Saturday.Emmanuel Udom, governor of the state, was billed to be in the auditorium when the tragedy occurred, but he arrived late and instead joined in the rescue of victims.The incident occurred during the bishopric [...]

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    Udoh, Wema Bank official, appointed Akwa Ibom commissioner of information

Udoh, Wema Bank official, appointed Akwa Ibom commissioner of information

Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state, has appointed Charles Udoh as commissioner of information and strategy.Until his appointment, Udoh was the head of brand and marketing communications at Wema Bank Plc.He has had a varied and extensive experience spanning over two decades within the financial services sector.Udoh started his career as a trainer and consultant at the Financial Institutions [...]

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    ExxonMobil engineer in Akwa Ibom killed in tyre blast

ExxonMobil engineer in Akwa Ibom killed in tyre blast

A senior ExxonMobil staff in Eket, Akwa Ibom state, has been killed by a blast that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.The deceased was identified as G. Okorocha, the chief engineer (aviation department), who was in charge of servicing of aeroplanes and helicopters in the company.An official of the company told NAN that Okorocha was killed by a blast from [...]

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    CCT relocates to Akwa Ibom for trial of 50 govt officials

CCT relocates to Akwa Ibom for trial of 50 govt officials

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will relocate to Akwa Ibom state between December 6 and December 9 for the trial of 50 public officers in the state.Danladi Umar, chairman of the tribunal, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday.According to Umar, the defendants comprise former special advisers and local government councilors who served between 2008 and 2009.He [...]

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    Akwa Ibom fires 5,000 teachers recruited by Akpabio

Akwa Ibom fires 5,000 teachers recruited by Akpabio

Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom state, has approved the dismissal of 5,000 teachers employed under the administration of Godswill Akpabio, former governor of the state.Vowing not to bow to sentiments, Emmanuel explained that lapses were noticed in the foundation of the recruitment process.He blamed a syndicate for the issuance of fake appointment letters to thousands of unqualified applicants.“It was [...]

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    Police arrest 3 ‘pipeline vandals’ in Akwa Ibom

Police arrest 3 ‘pipeline vandals’ in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom police command has arrested three suspected pipeline vandals in Eket local government area of the state.The suspects, Nelson Semiyefa from Bayelsa; Victor William and Nseobong Dickson, both from Akwa Ibom, however, denied being vandals and criminals.Briefing reporters on the arrest, Murtala MANI, the state police commissioner, said the suspects were found with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) capable [...]

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    A’ Ibom monarch’s wife gives birth to a baby in kidnappers’ den

A’ Ibom monarch’s wife gives birth to a baby in kidnappers’ den

Ubong Assam, wife of the traditional ruler of Esit Eket in Akwa Ibom, was delivered of a baby girl while in custody of her kidnappers.NAN quoted a family source as saying the monarch’s wife gave birth to the baby in an unknown hideout of her abductorsThe kidnappers abducted the traditional ruler’s wife and her four children in the Akpautong neighbourhood [...]

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    Kidnappers demand N100m to free pregnant wife, 4 kids of Akwa Ibom monarch

Kidnappers demand N100m to free pregnant wife, 4 kids of Akwa Ibom monarch

Abductors of the pregnant wife and four children of Edidem Ubong Assam, the paramount ruler of Esit Eket, on Wednesday asked for a ransom of N100 million.The victims were abducted in the palace of Akpautong on Friday.NAN quoted a source close to the monarch’s family as saying the kidnappers have opened up for negotiations.“There is tension and anxiety in the [...]

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    Gunmen kidnap pregnant wife, 4 kids of Akwa Ibom monarch

Gunmen kidnap pregnant wife, 4 kids of Akwa Ibom monarch

The pregnant wife of Ubong Assam, the paramount ruler of Esit Eket in Akwa Ibom, and four of the monarch’s children, have been kidnapped.Asuquo Abia, secretary, traditional rulers council, Esit Eket, told NAN that the gunmen invaded the palace of the paramount ruler in the wee hours of Friday morning.He said they shot sporadically for over five hours before whisking [...]

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    9,000 Akwa Ibom workers involved in ‘salary scam’

9,000 Akwa Ibom workers involved in ‘salary scam’

At least 9,000 employees in the Akwa Ibom state civil service are to be prosecuted for alleged fraudulent drawing of salaries from more than one pay point in the state.Udom Emmanuel, governor of the state, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in Uyo, the state capital.Emmanuel said the massive fraud was uncovered in the preliminary bio-metric exercise recently conducted by [...]

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    DPR seals NNPC filling station for ‘hoarding fuel’

DPR seals NNPC filling station for ‘hoarding fuel’

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Akwa Ibom state said it had sealed the NNPC mega filling station in Uyo, for allegedly hoarding petrol.Bassey Nkanga, controller of operations in charge of Akwa Ibom and Cross River, told NAN on Sunday that the mega station had amassed the product in its storage tanks, but refused to sell it to members [...]

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    APC candidate quits Akwa Ibom rerun election

APC candidate quits Akwa Ibom rerun election

Victor Okon, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the March 12 Akwa Ibom rerun election, has withdrawn his candidacy.Okon, vying for the Oron/Udung Uko constituency, made his decision known at a news conference held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital, on Friday.He said his withdrawal from the Saturday Akwa Ibom House of Assembly rerun election was personal.“After due [...]

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    S’court: Umana didn’t prove case against Udom

S’court: Umana didn’t prove case against Udom

The supreme court on Monday explained its reasons for upholding the election of Emmanuel Udom, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as governor of Akwa Ibom state.The apex court held that Umana Umana, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11, 2015, governorship election failed to prove his allegations of malpractices and violence‎ in the poll [...]

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    Akwa Ibom to relocate Uyo Prison

Akwa Ibom to relocate Uyo Prison

The Akwa Ibom state government on Tuesday announced its plans to relocate Uyo Federal Prison to a more conducive environment.Enobong Uwah, commissioner for housing and urban renewal, disclosed this at the state house of assembly during the defence of the 2016 budget.Uwah said the prison authorities had informed the government of the need for relocation.“The ravine has eaten deep into the [...]

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    Lassa Fever spreads to Akwa Ibom, kills 53-year-old woman

Lassa Fever spreads to Akwa Ibom, kills 53-year-old woman

The current outbreak of Lassa Fever has spread to Akwa Ibom state, killing a 53-year-old woman.Dominic Ukpong, commissioner for health, confirmed this in Uyo, capital of the state, at the inauguration of a taskforce on the eradication of the virus.He disclosed that there were two suspected cases of the virus and that one of the suspected victims had absconded, while the second [...]

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    Akwa Ibom assembly elects Luke as new speaker

Akwa Ibom assembly elects Luke as new speaker

The Akwa Ibom house of assembly on Monday elected Onofiok Luke as its new speaker.Luke, who represents Nsit Ubium constituency emerged as speaker following the nullification of the election of Aniekan Uko, the former Speaker.Last week, the appeal court sitting in Abuja nullified the election of the former speaker.Luke was nominated by Nse Essien, member representing Onna and seconded by [...]

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