Friday, 16 March 2018

Food vendors in Akwa Ibom protests ill treatment over FG school feeding programme

Hundreds of food vendors in Akwa Ibom have protested maltreatment over the federal government sponsored school feeding programme.  The food vendors who took to the streets in Uyo, the state capital recently, decried several unpleasant treatments meted out to them by some top government officials in the state.

Displaying placards with different inscriptions such as:  ”Focal Person stop victimizing the women”, “State Coordinator give food vendor their right”, “Former Deputy Governor, Mr. Chris Ekpenyong leave food vendors alone and concentrate on your hotel business”, “Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Felicia Bassey you are not representing Akwa Ibom women well”, “Suppliers come and cook, vendors will supply” etc., the food vendors begged the state Governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as well as the federal government to come to their aid.

The spokesperson for the food vendors, Mrs. Esther Udoh alleged that some top government officials in the state were collaborating with the focal person to shortchange the food vendors in the state. 

AMORC, Pyrates, ors may drag Udom to court

AMORC, Pyrates, ors may drag Udom to court
Following the proscription of cultism        and cult related activities in Akwa Ibom State and listing them as members, groups like the Resicrussian Order popularly known as Amorc, National Association of SeaDogs alias Pyrates confraternity, Brothers Across Nigeria alias Buccaneers have all threatened to drag the Akwa Ibom State Government to court for listing them as a cult group and her members as cultists.

Intelligent information gathered by THE INK from the leadership of these groups indicate that when the announcement was made that the governor had proscribed these groups, the bodies were jittered and dumbfounded as according to them, they abhor and do not belong to any cult group.

For instance a strong member of Pyrates confraternity who confided in THE INK reporter said, it is funny how the Government of Akwa Ibom State would describe its organization as a cult group adding that everyone across the country and beyond know that it is not a cult group but a social organization that is into humanitarian services.
Our source further maintained that a meeting of the group was in the offing and one of the front burning issues to be discussed.

According to him, my brother, Pyrates is not a cult group and her members are not cultists and so listing us into the group so proscribed by the Governor is an affront on the organization and we cannot take it.
Onofiok Luke: Celebrating a Colossus @ 40

He’s one man that has proven that  ability, capacity and capability is not in size but the size of the heart, mind and disposition to change narratives. 
Gifted not in excess flesh but in a large heart and unfathomable leadership prowess that has continued to leave many in awe and deep wonderment, this fine, erudite and cerebral politician has demystified the allure of power and position.

Today, as he waltz into the club of the 40-year olds, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Onofiok Akpan Luke can look back at where he started and conclude with refreshing candour that indeed, it has been God’s amazing grace that has guided him all through these years.
A socialite of noble renown, Barr.  Onofiok Luke is one politician that mixes freely with people irrespective of class, age, tribe, gender or faith. He is not just outgoing but his friendly disposition is both infectious and animating. Call him man of all, and you would have hit the nail on the right spot. He embodies egalitarianism.

Like water, this Nsit Ubium born politician, I dare say, has no enemy! You’ll tell me there’s no one on earth without an enemy right? You’re in order, but for me, I’ll say that those who see him as foe are only aghast by his meteoric and steady rise in the political firmament. You know how petty and uncomfortable people can be when grace continually speaks for you every other day.

Not one to engage in vainglorious display of flamboyance, Barr. Luke is an epitome of simplicity. He goes to places many who hold his position dare not. He’s someone that will share a glass of palm wine with you if he stumbles on you negotiating with this age long satiating liquid. He dips his hands into the same plate to help himself to cubes of meat if that’s what he met you doing. Sometimes, when he storms birthday parties of young people, you are left to wonder what manner of man he is. As the local lingo goes, he is constantly in touch with the ‘street’. 

Esit Eket Youth Leaders warn against insults on their political leader

The youths of Esit Eket Local Government Area under the aegis of Coalition of Esit Eket Youth Leaders have warned against uncouth utterances against their Political Leader, Elder Benjamin Udobia.

The warning was contained in a communiqué issued by the group and made available to THE  INK Newspaper.

The youths maintained that Elder Benjamin Udobia is a man of goodwill and a Leader whose benevolence, Political exploits and sense of industry have been of immense benefits to the people of Esit Eket Local Government Area. They also noted that Elder Udobia is a leader who is guided by good conscience and fairness in upholding zoning and rotational principle in politics and allocation of political offices and resources to the greatest happiness of the people, which they said is the essence of utilitarianism as espoused by an English philosopher and social reformer, Jeremy Bentham.

Atiku Abubakar, a credible alternative for 2019 – Otuekong Ibiok

As mobilization and electioneering towards the 2019 Presidential Election gears up, the Akwa Ibom State Coordinator of Atiku Abubakar 2019 Campaign Organization, Otuekong Emmanuel Ibiok, has said the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is unstoppable in the state and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar its credible alternative.

In a release from the State Media Directorate of the organization, Otuekong Ibiok, grassroots mobilizer, founding member of PDP in Akwa Ibom and former Commissioner, said “looking at a lot of odds in their perspectives, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is the only aspirant that has tested and proven capacity, political structure and goodwill for the 2019 presidency.”

Speaking in Uyo shortly after his routine mobilization of the people of Ikot Okpudo Ubium in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise, Otuekong Ibiok assured the people of the organization’s commitment to enhance service delivery, having shared in the strong current of opinion that PDP was turbocharged in ensuring that the party takes over power at the centre come 2019 and Governor Udom Emmanuel reelected as Governor.

Royal Father decries violence among youths

The Paramount Ruler of Uruan, Edidem  Atakpo II, RT. Hon. Cosmas Bassey Nkanga has rebuked violent among youths in the state. He stated this while addressing a cross section of youths from Nnung Oku in Uruan Local Government Area at his palace recently.

The Royal father admonished the youths to desist from violent and economic crimes which will only bring them to the verge of bankruptcy. He promised the youths of Uruan that his leadership will serve as a platform that guarantees a secured future for their successes.

He warned those who were deeply fractured along regional, religious and ethnic lines to consider it as an aberration. “The latent contradictions and gaping discontent, between and even within major interest groups, threaten to frustrate even the most well-meaning plans and progress” he noted.

His Royal Highness, Edidem C. B. Nkanga described Uruan Local Government Area as a place where businesses thrive; respected and rated highly among committee of nations.

NGOs partner A’Ibom govt to curb violence against women

The African Human Development Centre (AHDC) working in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria has lamented the ordeals of domestic violence and other human rights abuses against women in Nigeria.

Speaking after undertaking a fact-finding tour to some rural communities in Akwa Ibom State to ascertain the level of social and cultural infringement meted on the women-folks, stakeholders of the group urged government to intervene.
According to the Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AHDC, Prof. Gabriel Umoh, revealed that “a lot of women pass through harrowing experiences every other day especially in rural communities”.

Umoh, who doubles as the Director in-charge at the Waste Management Studies, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, listed crimes committed against women to include “rape, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), shaving of hair and oath-taking at husband’s death, exclusion from family inheritance and other harmful practices”.

2019: USD people backs Ikpe Obong Senatorial ambition

2019: USD people backs Ikpe Obong Senatorial ambition

*Endorse Gov. Emmanuel for a 2nd term

The Uyo Senatorial District aspiration of Obong Ikpe Obong has received a boost as the Concern Indigenes of the Senatorial District have unanimously expressed their unwavering support to  ensure his successful election to the red chamber of the National Assembly come 2019.

The people who came from the three Federal constituencies of the Senatorial District made the resolve recently in their meeting held in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking, the Convener, Mr. Akaninyene Edem, who presided over the political converge, said the meeting was organized to showcase Ikpe Obong as their only choice for the Senatorial District seat come 2019, describing the aspirant as the most credible and capable hand to take USD to the highest height, given his pedigree and antecedent in the Civil Service.

According to Mr. Edem, Obong Ikpe Obong who happens to be the immediate past Secretary General of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Abuja,  has over the years been actively involved in political activities both at local, state and national levels and has made positive impacts as well as placed an indelible marks in the discharge of his duties, adding that he has the capacity in all ramifications to represent the people of Uyo Senatorial District.

Oruk Anam Wins 2nd Edition of Sports Festival

-As Prince Ubong Idiong moves to build Sports Academy

One of the characteristics of a transformational leader is the ability to see the future from the present by harnessing the available human potentials in preparation for the future. Orukanam Local Government chairman, Prince Ubong Idiong is one of the few eggheads in charge of our Local Government councils. Apart from being an effective intermediary between his people and government of the day, Prince Ubong Bernard Idiong has successfully interpreted and replicated the vision of Governor Udom Emmanuel to his people. One of such areas is sports development which has manifested in the consistent winning of medals in the Akwa Ibom Youth Sports festival.

Since the commencement of the first Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival in 2017, budding athletes have displayed impressive performances in their respective events to inspire hope of what Nigeria could achieve on the global scene if things go as they ought to.

The 31 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Akwa Ibom State had representatives in some of the Athletics event staged at the Championships, and each seemed to be in battle of who could cheer louder than the other whenever any of their athletes competed.

Mark Esset to brief constituents, March 28

Mark Esset to brief constituents, March 28


The member representing Nsit Atai State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. (Elder) Mark Esset has said that he has concluded plans to brief his constituents.

Hon. Mark Esset made the disclosure on Tuesday during a media chat with journalists at the conference room of the House of Assembly complex, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.

The lawmaker said the forthcoming Nsit Atai Constituency Briefing/Empowerment Program which comes up on March 28, 2018, will take place at the Local Government council headquarters, Odot.

According to him, “During the event, elders, women and youths across the ten political wards in the area will be empowered. Empowerment has longed been an intrinsic part of my leadership strides at any position of leadership I find myself. This I do at personal capacity to individuals within and outside my constituency. Most times through humane disposition which need not be made public but somehow it strays to the public domain.”

Youth leader shot dead by suspected militants in Akwa Ibom

Barely 48 hours after the State government outlawed activities of no fewer than 33 cults groups in Akwa Ibom State, suspected militants of the Iceland group have shot dead one Udeme Daniel Akpan.

Until his gruesome murder early yesterday morning, the deceased, father of three, was the youths’ leader of Ikot Edet community in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.

It was gathered, the deceased who was at the forefront of fighting the cult menace in his community, was served a notice to pay some undisclosed amount to the militants or risked being killed.

According to family sources, “he had to escape to the neighbouring community of Ibio Nnung Achat, where he remained as a fugitive until the militants obtained information through their network and mobilized to kill him”.
“In fact, the shooting this morning was so heavy that Policemen stationed at Ibio Nnung Achat, had to scamper for safety”, he explained and called on government to deploy soldiers to the area as local residents flee the area in droves.

Voter’s Card has no political party-Ekong Sampson

Voter’s Card has no political party-Ekong Sampson

...says Nigeria needs a validly acceptable census

As Governor Udom Emmanuel flagged off the pre-census Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) Phase 5, in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Special Adviser in the Bureau of Political/Legislative Affairs and Water Resources has charged the people of the State to disregardtheir political leaning in dealing with issues of data and development planning.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the Special Adviser said Nigeria as nation cannot afford to ignore the importance of the Enumeration Area Demarcation exercise which expectedly will provide Nigeria ample background to conduct credible, reliable and acceptable credible national population and housing census, a process critical to national planning and sustainable development.

Barrister Ekong Sampson described the exercise as timely and a golden opportunity for the people of Akwa Ibom State to prepare to stand up and be counted. He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the value he attaches and support, which brought about great success in the previous phases at Oron, Nsit Ibom and IkotEkpene Local Government Areas. He stated that by encouraging and supporting this important activity, Governor Udom Emmanuel has further demonstrated capacity, patriotism and visionary leadership.

Gov. Udom Emmanuel declared wanted by PDP Neighborhood Volunteers

Gov. Udom Emmanuel declared wanted by PDP Neighborhood Volunteers

As the 2019 general elections is fast approaching, groups, organizations and even individuals have roll out their drums in support of His Excellency Deacon Udom Emmanuel, a man whom they believed he has lived up to expectations and has deserved another opportunity to continue his good works and complete his numerous live touching projects for the good people of Akwa Ibom State.

The latest declaration of support is coming from a socio-political group, PDP Neighborhood Volunteers, Akwa Ibom State. 

The group has declared undiluted support for the second term ambition of the governor, citing his superior performances in just almost three years in office. 
According to the leader of the group, Mr. Ekan Collins while briefing newsmen in Uyo shortly after the inauguration of the group in Etinan, he said that the group is a statewide group basically for the Udom Emmanuel 2019 project. 

According to him, the group shall be inaugurated in all the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State, adding that Etinan Local Government Chapter which is the mother chapter has just been inaugurated with 11 co-ordinators representing all the 11 wards in the area.

Ibeno Council Boss inaugurates review committee of community and social development agency

Ibeno Council Boss inaugurates review committee of community and social development agency

...Seeks World Bank Funding for Community Development

The general manager of Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development, the Ibeno Local Government Council Executives, the Legislature, the head of service, directors, the representative of the traditional rulers, youths and that of the opposition political party all gathered at the instance of the Executive Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Council, Rt. Hon. Ifum Udoh, for the inauguration of the local government review committee of Akwa Ibom state Agency for community and social development.

The Ibeno council boss who was elated at the event welcome everyone while making it known to all that once of the cardinal points of his government is development as such, he will continue to identify with any agency or group with like objectives.

Ifum in his remarks expressed dissatisfaction on the occasion were Ibeno local government plays a spectacular role in the economy of Nigeria yet there is no tangible project from world bank sited in the area.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Breaking: Otobong Ndem arrest Victor Ufot for opposing his second term ambition.

Otobong Ndem has arrested Victor Ufot for opposing his second term ambition.

  Otobong Ndem has arrested Victor Ufot for opposing his second term ambition.

Dear all, THE INK newspapers have received troubling news that one of her members of staff Comrade Victor Ufot was arrested and thrown into an unhygienic cell custody by the Nigerian Police.

We learnt that this arrest is on the orders of Mr. Otobong Ndem member representing MKPAT ENIN State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

It is our considered opinion that the action irrespective of what excuse given or to be given by the Assembly man is obtuse.

But we have in the interim consulted our lawyers and shall make our position on this matter known soon especially as Comrade Ufot shall be arrainged in the magistrate court along FULGA street in Uyo today Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 9:00am

All partners and staff are please requested to be vigilante as this is just the continuation of war against the media.

  Otobong Ndem has arrested Victor Ufot for opposing his second term ambition.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

NLC @ 40: The struggles of Yesterday, the challenges of Today and the hope of Tomorrow

NLC @ 40: The struggles of Yesterday, the challenges of Today and the hope of Tomorrow
NLC @ 40: The struggles of Yesterday, the challenges of Today and the hope of Tomorrow


The Nigeria Labour Congress is a non-state institution that has come of age in the defense of the interests of its working and retired members in line with the objectives of its constitution.

Nigerian workers, despite the enormous challenges of organizing, have been building strong organizations with strong working men and women.

It was commendable that the national executive council of the NLC unanimously adopted the resolution to celebrate a strong labour centre @ 40 and in Akwa Ibom State, officials, members and friends of the NLC last week Friday, 23rd February, 2018 rolled out their drums to celebrate her 40 years of existence in the struggle.

To the members, it was a period of stocktaking and reflection on the struggles of their heroes past (yesterday), to evaluate the challenges of Labour today and to chart the course for the hope of tomorrow.

The NLC being an umbrella organization of trade unions in Nigeria has had series of experiences to account for in its struggles since its emergence in 1978. Under Nigeria’s military government, Labour leaders were frequently arrested and union meetings disrupted.

The NLC has been involved over the period in not just the struggle for democracy and development, but more fundamentally for Nigeria’s national liberation.

The experience of the NLC in the past, according to a former Secretary General Akwa Ibom State Council of the NLC, Comrade Obong Ikpeobong who served for 16 years, was laced with instances of arrests and oppression which the leadership were subjected to.

Ikpeobong narrated the heat of the struggles and disclosed that despite the odds, they were never deterred by the distractions, but pressed forward through focus and co-operation.

He encouraged members to keep hope alive and press forward to the achievement of the goals of their various trade unions.

While evaluating the challenges faced by the NLC today to include non-improved welfare packages for workers, the state Chairman, Comrade Etim Ukpong appealed to relevant authorities to rectify the core challenges of Labour in Nigeria.

A second look at Emmanuel Akpan’s Legislative Odyssey

A second look at Emmanuel Akpan’s Legislative Odyssey
A second look at Emmanuel Akpan’s Legislative Odyssey

The member representing the good people of Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency in the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Sunday Akpan, may be socially silent in his relationship with people in and outside the chambers, but his legislative exploit especially as it concerns motions, bills and vocal contributions, which is the primary function and the fundamental duty of a legislator, has not been relegated.

In the National Assembly like every other parliament, the primary function of a legislator is to make laws for the smooth running of government, laws aimed at positively affecting the lots of the citizenry, and of course, lawmakers are constitutionally mandated to brief their constituents on their activities from time to time within the span of their legislative tenure.

Hon. Akpan’s journey so far in the Green Chambers has been a rather interesting journey. In his near three years in the House, his legislative propositions has not only added to the nation’s stability following his sponsored bills and motions, but has provided a clear direction for good and quality governance, especially within the leadership of the House.

For instance, the latest bill sponsored by Hon. Akpan, on “the need to address the recurring cases of death caused by generator fumes in Nigerian homes”, Hon. Akpan did not only expounded on the intricacies of one of the most dangerous causes of death in numerous homes across the country, but ensured those in authority were put on their toes towards providing optimal power supply as a panacea for such prevalent danger.

Political stability: Eket Leaders celebrate Onofiok Luke

Political stability: Eket Leaders celebrate Onofiok Luke

Political stability: Eket Leaders celebrate Onofiok Luke

Elders and stakeholders of Eket Senatorial Districts in Akwa Ibom state have thanked the leaders of Uyo Senatorial District for their unalloyed support to Governor Udom Emmanuel.

They particularly extolled Speaker Onofiok Luke of Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, saying his focused leadership at the state legislature has stabilised the system for the governor.

According to them, Speaker Luke was the right Speaker Akwa Ibom and her people needed from the begining of the current political dispensation.

The remarks were made during a thank-you visit to the leaders and stakeholders from Uyo Senatorial District on Sunday.

The meeting held at the countryhome of former military governor, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga in Ikot Nya, Nsit Ibom local government area. The elders from both Uyo and Eket took time to thank the Speaker for proving himself as a chief supporter of the administration.

Speaking on behalf of the Eket elders delegation, Chief Nduese Essien, who is chairman of the Eket Elders Forum, eulogised Barr Onofiok Luke for his plausible performance since assumption of office in December 2015 as Speaker.

Mkpat Enin APC Ward gets new Chairman *as party ratifies suspension of Ufot Benjamin as Mkpat Enin APC Chair of Chair

Mkpat Enin APC Ward gets new Chairman    *as party ratifies suspension of Ufot Benjamin as Mkpat Enin APC Chair of Chair
Mkpat Enin APC Ward gets new Chairman

*as party ratifies suspension of Ufot Benjamin as Mkpat Enin APC Chair of Chair

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ikpa Ibom Ward 3, in Mkpat Enin Chapter of Akwa Ibom State have elected Mr Nnamso Emmanuel Udowo as acting Ward Chairman of the party. He takes over from Ufot Benjamin whose suspension was ratified by Forum of Ward Chairmen and the Ikpa Ibom Ward 3 Executive.

At a resolution of the APC Ward Executive of Ikpa Ibom Ward 3 held at Ikot Obio Doro Village, Mkpat Enin LGA on Thursday, the party executives said after a thorough and painstaking deliberation they have decided to pass a vote of no-confidence on the erstwhile Ward Chairman, Comrade Ufot Akpan Benjamin.

The 17 Ward Executive members after suspending the ex Ward Chairman unanimously appointed Mr Nnamso Emmanuel Udowo to replace him as acting Ward Chairman of the party for the remaining period of his tenure in office as Ward Chairman of the party.

Paul Bassey hails Udom, supporters

Paul Bassey hails Udom, supporters

Paul Bassey hails Udom, supporters

The Management of Akwa United Football Club have expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their prayers and supports which they say helped a great deal in their qualification to the First Round of the CAF Confederation Cup competition on Wednesday in Banjul.

Speaking after the team’s victory against Hawks FC in Banjul, Chairman of the club Elder Paul Bassey expressed gratitude, first to God and to Nigerians for standing by the team despite the first leg lost in Uyo.

Elder Bassey was particularly grateful to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State for his massive support and trust in the team even during the most difficult times.

“ His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel is a football lover who believes that hard work and dedication are the keys to success.

“ His Excellency’s love and support for the beautiful game has been massive and that support was instrumental in Super Eagles qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Akwa Ibom Assembly ratifies 2016 audited accounts of state

Akwa Ibom Assembly ratifies 2016 audited accounts of state

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has ratified the audited accounts of Akwa Ibom State government for year ended 31st December, 2016. This follows the adoption of the report of the Public Accounts Committee of the House as presented by the Chairman, Rt. Hon. Friday Iwok.

Speaker Onofiok Luke said the ratification indicates how much the house is committed to promoting fiscal responsibility and accountability by the current administration.

Submitting his report, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Iwok explained that “the Auditor General’s findings and recommendations in the audit report was published in one volume.

He said that “at the end of the painstaking exercise, the committee upheld and confirmed the state Auditor General’s recommendations in respect of ten cases involving the sum of N259,435 (Two Hundred and Fifty-nine Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty-Five Naira), which was fully recovered from the affected persons and remitted to government revenue accounts accordingly”.

The Chairman disclosed that the committee also reconciled and waived 55 cases amounting to N3,368,400,160 Billion, while nine cases amounting to N437,900 representing 0.013% were still pending as inconclusive cases. The Committee in its observation noted that Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government have embraced the arts of prompt retirement of imprest and proper records keeping as recommended by the committee.

Senate 2019: Ekid Nation rejects Ekpenyong Ntekim

Senate 2019- Ekid Nation rejects Ekpenyong Ntekim

Senate 2019: Ekid Nation rejects Ekpenyong Ntekim

The people of Ekid nation say the region will not support the senate ambition of former commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state Barr. Ekpenyong Ntekim because of what they described as Ntekim’s hatred for the Ekid people.

Two former Council Chairmen each from Eket and Esit Eket local government Areas told THE INK reporter that on countless occasions, Mr. Ntekim had slapped and plotted against the Ekid people.

They maintained in separate interactions that Ntekim as a commissioner for Justice under former Governor Godswill Akpabio had almost cede reasonable parts of land belonging to Ekid nation to her neighbors.

The anger of the people is that despite overwhelming traditional and modern historical evidences that the land Ekpenyong wanted to cede to neighboring region belonged to Eket, the ex commissioner refused to think right.

Another group of people who said Ntekim will not be supported in Ekid are the political class across all divides.

Akwa Ibom State vs Nsibiet John: Case returns 7th March

Akwa Ibom State vs Nsibiet John- Case returns 7th March

Akwa Ibom State vs Nsibiet John: Case returns 7th March

The case between theAkwa Ibom State Government and editor of THE INK newspaper Nsibiet John will resume for continuation of trials (Trial within trial) on Wednesday 7th March, 2018.

At the last adjourned date about three weeks ago, the trial Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Martins Johnny had while entertaining requests from both prosecuting counsel led by Barr Godwin Udom and defense counsel led by Ekemini Udim agreed to hear both parties again on Wednesday 7th march.

Editor of THE INK newspaper Nsibiet John is standing trial on some count charges of criminal libel and defamation of the Deputy Governor MR.MOSES EKPO.

John who early last year, 2017 had pleaded not guilty to the charges has for the past one year been a regular guest of the Chief magistrate court two which was earlier presided over by Emmanuel Archibong before Martins Johnny took over.
The editor was arrested on 5th of January, 2017, manhandled and thrown into the police cell at the Police Force Headquarters in Ikot Akpanabia, near Uyo.

Dropped out UNIUYO student commits suicide in Uyo

Dropped out UNIUYO student commits suicide in Uyo

Dropped out University of Uyo student commits suicide in Akwa Ibom (Photos)

A young man in his early 20s whose name was given as Patrick Essien Junior has committed suicide in Uyo.

Patrick is said to have taken his own life last Thursday at his residence on Church Road, Idak Akpo.

After suspecting some unusual silence from his apartment, worried neighbours are said to have forcefully opened the door only to find the deceased hanging precariously from his celing with a rope tied to his neck. He did not drop a suicide note.

Patrick, until his demise, according to sources, was a Catholic member who worshipped at St. Peter’s Parish, University of Uyo.

He hails from Akwa Ibom in Abak local government area.
Those who spoke with THE INK over the incident described the late Patrick as a jovial person who loved music and was a great preacher.

Patrick Essien’s parents, a source said, live in Lagos while the deceased lived with his elder sister in Calabar, but frequented Uyo having been a student in Uniuyo.

Re: Maritime Academy Oron boils: Offong Francis Eyo, Eteyen Oboho and others lied

Re: Maritime Academy Oron boils: Offong Francis Eyo, Eteyen Oboho and others lied

Maritime Academy Oron boils- Offong Francis Eyo, Eteyen Oboho and others lied


The ugly trend of recurring antics and subterfuge by some selfish and mischievous members of Host Communities of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron have made it convincingly obvious and imperative that everything possible and urgent be done to alter the mindsets and obsession of the people, to help them see things in proper perspectives and align with current realities in the promising Maritime Academy under Commodore Duja Effedua (Rtd).

The persistent and ridiculous campaigns of calumny, speculations, insinuations, instigations and repeated masterminded protests ultimately aimed at distracting and giving false impression about the true situation in the Academy still remain a topical subject of concern to stakeholders.

About a week ago, a group of individuals led by a certain chief Francis Eyo and Mr. Eteyen Oboho-a youth leader from Udung Okung Village in Eyoabasi, Oron L.G.A., after deliberation among themselves, decided to carry a corpse on procession across the premises of the Academy.

Nigerian student breaks academic record in UK ...bags 2017 Dudley Newitt Prize

Nigerian student breaks academic record in UK    ...bags 2017 Dudley Newitt Prize

Nigerian student breaks academic record in UK

...bags 2017 Dudley Newitt Prize

A Nigerian student has again broken the existing academic record at the Imperial College, London and was yesterday Monday, February 26, honoured by the college with the enviable Dudley Newitt Prize for Experimental Excellence.

Christiana Esio Udoh, 26 had since the first six month of enrolling for a Ph. D in Chemical Engineering, exuded exceptional academic feat which attracted a complete scholarship from the school.

The award was officially announced yesterday during the Dudley Newitt Lecture at the university campus, London.
A peep into her academic records show that Christiana Udoh, while at the Air Force Secondary School, Uyo during their valedictory session in 2006 picked 15 out of 21 prizes given in a class of 72 students in virtually all the core subjects.

It could be recalled that Christiana led her team of contestants during the 2006 NNPC science quiz contest, where Akwa Ibom State emerged overall winner ahead of 26 other states of the Federation.

In Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Christiana Udoh, a native of Okosi Village in Urue Offong/Oruko Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, passed with unprecedented First Class in Chemical Engineering in 2012, the first of its kind since the School started in 1959.

Sir Val Attah Attacks Udom *Says leadership is not about bureau-du-change, selling or buying of shares in Zenith Bank

Sir Val Attah Attacks Udom  *Says leadership is not about bureau-du-change, selling or buying of shares in Zenith Bank

Sir Val Attah Attacks Udom
*Says leadership is not about bureau-du-change, selling or buying of shares in Zenith Bank
*Overrules State Exco decision on Nurses
*Draws battle line with Ekereobong Akpan, describes State Head of State as an opportunist

Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, Sir Valentine Attah has descended heavily on the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, the State Head of Service, Mrs. Ekereobong Akpan and the Ministry of Health over the decisions taken by the State Government on 8th February 2017 during the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor – in – Council Mr. Udom Emmanuel.

While Attah described Ekereobong Akpan who conveyed Exco's decision to him and others touched by the decision as an opportunist and a far junior colleague of his, he did not have a soft tongue for the state Chief Executive as he roared that leadership is not about doing bureau-du-change and selling/buying of shares in Zenith Banks.

THE INK gathered from top sources in the Ministry of Health that Sir Val Attah is pained that he couldn't be made an Head of Service by Akpabio and had however lobbied that Udom makes him chairman of Civil Service Commission, but alas, he couldn't make any of the position he lobbied for.

Sources say, this could have been responsible for the high handedness Attah has applied in the discharge of his duties in his capacity of Chairman, Local Government Commission.
This development, our source said had pained Attah so much that he has to plot every means of frustrating the Head of Service and some staff in the Local Government system.

Next of kin of retired Teachers win case against Police *Martins Johnny judgement hailed

Next of kin of retired Teachers win case against Police
*Martins Johnny judgement hailed

A Magistrate Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has dismissed the case filed against three protesters by Akwa Ibom state Assistant commissioner of police, DEINA ABIBO for lack of merit.

The accused persons, all members of the Next Of Kin Of Late Primary School Teachers, were arrested on January 23rd 2017, during their protest for payment of their late parents’ entitlements at the government house.
They were charged on two counts, including constituting a nuisance during their protest at the government house gate and conspiracy to breach peace through the protest.

Delivering his judgment on the matter today, chief magistrate MARTINS JOHNSON of the state Magistrate Court 2, held that the ACP ABIBO failed to prove his case against the accused persons.

He therefore ruled that the case was frivolous, baseless and lacking in merit; hence the accused persons stood discharged and acquitted. Reacting to the judgment, in a chat with newsmen, the defence council barrister INIBEHE EFFIONG hailed the judgment as accurate, given that the complainant had confessed that the protesters were peaceful.

The untold story of Patrick Edet’s proposed marriage he met his wife ...why the lady resigned her teaching job

The untold story of Patrick Edet’s proposed marriage he met his wife ...why the lady resigned her teaching job
The untold story of Patrick Edet’s proposed marriage he met his wife
...why the lady resigned her teaching job

All is now set for the much anticipated wedding of former Father Patrick Henry Edet with his heartthrob, Inyene.
The wedding which is fixed for Saturday March 17, 2018 will hold at Ibom Hall, IBB Avenue, Uyo by 11am.

Investigation by THE INK revealed that the lady’s full name is Inyene Sampson Akpan who hails from Atai Ibiaku Itam in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

Inyene, who is said to be dark in complexion, will be officially presented today during Grace Family fellowship to the congregation as was promised by Patrick Edet last week.

The lady, according to a source, was a teacher at Hillside International Nursery School, Uyo until her resignation few months ago. She was a French teacher and a onetime Students’ Union Government (SUG) presidential aspirant in Uniuyo, it was learnt.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Residence of Idara Ndifreke completely built for her by Barr Aniefiok Dennis


A lawmaker representing Etinan State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Barr Aniefiok Dennis few moments ago demonstrated what many described as quality love and effective representation when he donated two houses of two bedroom apartments each to indigent women of his state constituency.
Dennis who presented keys of the apartments to the beneficiaries said he is doing this as a show love for the women who constitute the mother of the state constituency.

He said, he chose the day to officially present the keys to the buildings to them to give the women a sense of belonging in celebrating St. Valentine's day.
Barr Dennis who is also the House committee Chairman on Judiciary, Hyman Rights and Public petitions urged the beneficiaries to see themselves as his girlfriends noting that the capacity to present such gifts to them does not come from him but from God who gave him to grace to do same.

The Assemblyman stated further that he was moved to initiate the process of building the houses for the women when he noted the kind of shelter they had earlier.
He observed that it was not a sight to behold and then as a show of love, he had to build a house for them so they could get quality shelter and where to lay their heads.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Maritime Academy Of Frustration ,Fraud and Oppression

Maritime-Academy of Nigeria- Maritime Academy Of Frustration, Fraud and Oppression
Maritime Academy Of Frustration ,Fraud and Oppression             

The story of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron in recent times has been a tale   of woes, uncertainties and that of mixed feelings.

The whole confusion started when the minister of transport  wrongfully appointed his in law  as  a rector to run the affairs of the academy at the same time set up an interim management committee to also run the same institution, meaning two illegal Captains  in one Ship, Unfortunately the two appointments are being challenged in court on the ground of illegality by Oron people, while they are challenging the appointment of the rector for lack of due process in line with the law establishing Academy, which stipulates that appointment to the office of the rector must be advertised on national daily for a given period and those seeking for the office will apply for the job to the ministry of transport, while the ministry appoints the best candidate for the job base on performance during the interview.

It is also true that the ministry of transport has contravened the acts that established the Maritime Academy by appointing the illegal interim management committee(IMC) to run the affairs of the academy for six (6) months.