PDP Chairman, Akwa-Ibom State is Dead

Late Mr Udo Ekpenyong, Chairman of PDP,Akwa Ibom state.

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong is dead.

A family source who does not want to be quoted told Channels Television in Uyo that Mr. Ekpenyong died of COVID-19 in Uyo, on Tuesday morning.

Before his election as the state PDP chairman last year, Ekpenyong was the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the State.

He was known to be a strong ally of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

An official statement from the state government is being awaited.

Following his death, Akwa Ibom State has lost three prominent figures within the last one month, the other two being a former Chief of Air Staff, Nsikak Edouk who died of renal failure, and a former military governor of the State, Idongesit Nkanga who died of COVID-19.

Akwa-Ibom Shipyard – to be Launched January 23, 2021 (Photos)

Maiden ship assembled in Akwa Ibom is expected to be ready come January 23, 2021.

With maritime development as part of the crux of the Completion Agenda of Governor Udom Emmanuel.
The Liberty Free Trade Zone licence and the Ibom Deep Seaport licence recently acquired through the ingenuity of Mr Emmanuel, attest to the readiness of the state to become a melting point in marine transport business.

Subsequently, berthing in Akwa Ibom is the first ship manufacturing yard in Oruk Anam, with capacity to produce security vessels, cargo ships, ferries and barges.

Norfin Offshore Shipyard, located at Oruk Anam local government, is ready to launch its first Nigerian produced vessel on the January 23, 2021. His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel will be on ground to flag it open and further open the vista to more opportunities for the teaming youths of the state.

Charles Udonwa, an Akwa Ibom born ship merchant, is the chairman of the ship manufacturing factory has assured that in the next three years, the factory which is currently engaging 85 will have well over 3,000 young people in its workforce.

Members of Government House Media Team, including the Governor’s Special Assistant on Media (Research and Documentation), Mr. Essien Ndueso, visited the Shipyard to assess the progress of work at the factory.

Conducting the team round the facility, the Chairman and CEO of the company, Engr. Udonwa explained that finishing touches were being put to the vessel by the technical unit of the company, assuring that by next week, the vessel would wear a new look in readiness for its launch into the sea.

Also in the team were the Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT, Engr. Solomon Eyo and the Special Assistant on Project Monitoring to the Governor, Mrs. Josephine Bassey as well as members of the Research and Documentation Team.

Media Unit
Govt House,Uyo

Police Arrest Members Of Notorious Robbery Gang Who Tried To Sell N8m Car For N1m In Akwa Ibom

AKCT tracked the gang from Calabar to Uyo where they were apprehended after robbing their victim before taking his car.

The Suspects

Three members of a notorious robbery gang that specializes in snatching cars have been apprehended by the Cross River State Police Command.

The suspects were arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom by the Anti Kidnapping/Cultism Team, AKCT.  The suspects had confessed that they snatched cars in Calabar and sell them in Uyo. The cars stolen in Uyo are sold in Calabar. Read about their arrest Here

AKCT tracked the gang from Calabar to Uyo where they were apprehended after robbing their victim before taking his car.

Investigation revealed that they had already put up the car which is currently being sold between N7.5 to M8 million naira for sale at just N1 million naira at a car stand in Uyo, before the crack team apprehended them.

Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, December 8,  in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, who paraded the suspects said the police was determined to rid the state of all forms of crime and criminality.

“In line with our open door policy at it concerns information sharing by giving the people feed back as well as carrying the people of Cross River State along in our progress and achievement ,we have just apprehended a notorious robbery gang who specializes in robbing filling stations and snatching cars,” said the police boss.”After robbing their victim in Calabar, they took his 2018 Toyota Corolla which cost over 8 million to a car stand at Uyo without knowing that we were tracking them. They were intercepted at about 12: 00 midnight on Tuesday in synergy with our people in Akwa Ibom. We arrested them and brought them back to Calabar and they all confessed to the crime and will be charged to Court immediately investigation is concluded.” he added.

One of the suspects, 28-year-old Francis Archbong said he didn’t know the value of the car that was why they wanted to sell the car for 1 million naira.

“I used to be a carpenter before going into driving but I didn’t know the value of the car but we needed cash urgently. I used to be a carpenter but I became driver to make quick cash.  The car was handed over to me by Etete so I drove it to Akwa Ibom to sell it there but to tell you the truth I didn’t know the car is up to 8 million naira. If I knew I won’t place it at 1 million naira.” he said.

Other suspects arrested including cultists are Etim James Etim, 35, Peter, 32, China justice, 44 and Obaseoyi Ibor, 38.

COVID-19 | Akwa Ibom cancels 2020 Christmas Carol festival

Akwa Ibom State Government has announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Christmas Carol festival due to the logistic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner for Cultire and Tourism, Mr Orman Esin, announced the cancellation in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Uyo.

Esin stressed that the global travel restrictions and closure of factories earlier in the year affected the planning of the annual event.

He added that state government deeply regretted the development, and advised the citizens and residents to continue to take personal responsibility to avoid contracting the virus.

His words, “The Government of Akwa Ibom State wishes to inform the general public that the 2020 edition of the state’s Award winning Christmas Carol festival has been cancelled.

“This development is hinged on the logistics challenge posed by the global lockdown and international travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the bourgeoning threat of a second wave of the virus.

“As expected of world class events of that magnitude, its preparation starts at least six months before the date.

“The global travel restrictions and closure of factories earlier in the year, made it impossible to commence the planning of this annual soul lifting spiritual event this year.

Remember The Actress From Akwa Ibom Who Said She Wants A Man With Bad Boy Character? Check Her Out

Remember the beautiful actress from Akwa-Ibom state who said she prefers a man with ‘bad boy’ character? Checkout her beautiful look.

It is no longer news that the Nigerian movie industry widely known as Nollywood is obviously filled up with lot of highly talented and beautiful entertainers in the whole of Africa. And it will be seen as being bias to exclude the name of a particular actress, whose her endowed beautiful look marks her out from the rest. This endowed entertainer is no other person but Didi Ekanem.

Didi Ekanem is one of the fast rising actresses in Nollywood. Apart from acting, she is a fashion designer and an entrepreneur who has a clothing line called “ODOT”. She was born on the 27th of August, 1988 and hails from Akwa-Ibom state.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-pale-pink-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">After completing her primary and secondary school education, she proceeded to the University of Port-Harcourt where she studied Linguistics and Communications.After completing her primary and secondary school education, she proceeded to the University of Port-Harcourt where she studied Linguistics and Communications.

Didi began acting during her days in the University, where she first started in stage acting for like a year before she joined the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood.

Ever since Didi started acting, she has featured in many movies including Escort Service, True Love, Ikogosi, Royal Ritual, Journey to Dreamland, Brazilian Hair Madness and so on.

Didi Ekanem is currently single and during an interview with SunNews, she revealed that she doesn’t like a man with good and honorable character, that she prefers a man with ‘bad boy’ character.

According to the endowed actress, Didi Ekanem, she said; “I can’t say who I can marry or who I can’t marry. Whoever God says is mine, is mine”.

She also added that; “My kind of man must be God-fearing. He must be respectful and caring, with a little bad boy character, obviously not a bore, a man that can love me right.”

Apart from watching Nollywood movies as her hobby, Didi Ekanem loves dancing as she recalls how she normally dance for her siblings and they would cheer her up.

Checkout how beautiful she now looks:

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This 21-year-old woman may spend her life in jail, read her crime and what drove her into it

An Akwa Ibom state woman, Emilia Sunday, 21, is cooling off in police net for attempting to sell off her three months old baby for N150,000 in Anambra state.
She was arrested by the Anambra state police command, though she is an indigene of Akwa Ibom state. She was arrested in Photo area of Idemili South local government area of the state.
She complained of so much hardship, she wanted to sell the child to use the proceed for Christmas celebration.
When contacted the police public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, adding that the woman was nabbed on Tuesday evening by police operatives in Ojoto in the state.
The PPRO said, “On Tuesday at about 6pm, following intelligence report, police operatives attached to Ojoto Division in Anambra state arrested one Emila Sunday who claimed to be 21years old from Akwa Ibom State with a three-month-old baby boy at Ire village Ojoto.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman was attempting to sell her three- month-old baby boy which the suspect claimed was due to hardship.”
Mr. Mohammed said the baby had been rescued in good health condition, adding that investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the matter.

The Governor Gave Me 500k Not 4million To Stop the End Sars Protest

Drama is never far as it may seem as the on going end sars protest unfold a lot disagreements even among the youths. Who have been protesting over the course of weeks now for a better Nigeria. What had actually started as a mare protest for bad policing has turned into a global call for accountability for good governance.

But it seems not everyone is on the same page, as news reaching Ibyson Fortes Blog is that the protest in akwa ibom has a different drama on it’s own to tell. The culprit in this particular saga is one Mr kufre carter, Looked upon as one of the leaders who had disappointed it’s followers.

It seems the mentality of youths in Nigeria have changed oo.

There are two separate videos which imagined online yesterday where Nigerian youths practically rejected millions of Naira offered to them on protest grounds.

In UYO, the governor of the state offered the youths on ground 4 million Naira so they can stay off the street and stop protesting.

The crowd of youths gathered there wasted no time to call the governor a yahoo boy for trying to bribe their conscience and opinion.

There were some alleged report circulating that after the Governor was booed, Mr kufre went behind to take 4million naira from the governor of which he has finally come out to debunk the news, stating he was only given five hundred thousand instead. This apology was rendered after he was called out for been very dishonest.

We are following closely more on this as more news about the incident unfolds

Please drop comments, reactions we would like to hear more from you as well

Police kill six armed robbers in Akwa Ibom

The Police Command has confirmed the killing of six suspected armed robbers that specialised in car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states.

The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Amiengheme Andrew, disclosed this while displaying the remains of the suspects in a police Hilux van, at Ikot Akpan-Abia in Uyo on Friday.

He said that the armed robbers were ambushed while operating along Itu/Calabar highway.
“Today, at about 5.30am, acting on a credible intelligence that a six man armed robbery gang whose speciality is car snatching in Akwa Ibom and Cross River were operating along Itu-Calabar highway.

“On receipt of the intel, SARS operatives proceeded to the scene, on sighting the Police Hilux van, the hoodlums opened fire on the operatives. A gun battle ensued and the six armed robbers sustained gun shot wounds.

“They were taken to the Police hospital in Uyo for treatment but they were confirmed dead by the Doctor,” he said.

He further revealed that the robbers were on their way to Abia to sell the car they had earlier snatched from a Calabar based medical doctor.
He said that the deceased had already contacted a buyer for the stolen Toyota Camry car, registered LSR 690 BM, and an unregistered motorcycle.

According to him, three locally made pistols, ten live cartridges, four expended cartridges, one pump action gun, one unregistered motorcycle, military camouflage cap and a Toyota Camry belonging to the medical doctor were recovered from them, NAN reports.

Covenant University appoints Akan Williams as Acting Vice- Chancellor


The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, has appointed Prof. Akan Williams as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.

Mr. Attat Emmanuel, Information Officer of the Institution, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota.

The appointment approved on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, due to the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aaron Atayero.

Born on February 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is an indigene of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan LGA of Akwa Ibom State.

Williams attended Primary School, Fosbery Road, Calabar and later proceeded to Lutheran High School, Obot Idim, Ibesikpo in 1981 for his secondary education where he completed this level of education in 1986 as the school’s Senior Prefect.

He earned B.Sc (Chemistry) from University of Calabar in 1991, M.Sc (Petroleum Chemistry) from University of Port Harcourt and Ph.D (Environmental Chemistry) from Covenant University.

A Professor of Analytical/Environmental Chemistry, he was prior to the appointment, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The acting Vice chancellor had earlier served as Head, Department of Chemistry; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office; Director, Academic Planning and Dean of Students.

He had been a Postgraduate External Examiner and a professorial assessor to universities within Nigeria and outside the country.

Williams is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Chemical Society of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and member, American Chemical Society.

He is a member of Environmental Chemistry Research Group; member, Environmental Pollution and Toxicology Sub-Cluster of Public Health and Well Being Research Cluster and member, Biogas Sub-Cluster of Renewable Energy Research Cluster in Covenant University.

A pastor with the Living Faith Church, Williams is married to Lifted Williams and the union is blessed with two sons.

A’Ibom traders threaten to shut market over N163m goods seized by Customs

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Traders at Itam market in Uyo metropolis have threatened to close their shops in protest for N163m worth of goods and money allegedly seized by custom officials last weekend. 

Speaking to newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday, the Chairman Board of Trustees( BOT) of Itam market and Special Assistant to the Chairman of Itu LGA Mr. Godwin Ebong  said custom officials accompanied by Soldiers and  DSS operatives stormed the market last Friday carting away  goods and cash from shops worth N163m.

” It was on Friday night about 11 pm , one of the Night Guards called my line that some armed robbers were in the market. They said “robbers ” broke one  of the gates with their guns . When the night guards approached them , they pointed torch light on them and said ” we are not for you” and invaded the market. 

“They said they were on national assignment and we understood they packed goods into more than 10 vehicles.We discovered the following morning that more than 40 shops were broken into while goods including foreign rice, beans, groundnut oil and other things were missing from those shops

“We have therefore written to the National Security Adviser, NSA, and given the FG a seven  days ultimatum to refund their goods and money unless we will shut down the market and go on a peaceful protest to security agencies and the government house of Akwa Ibom.

“Although I am against traders  selling foreign rice but the question we have been asking is how does the foreign rice get into Akwa Ibom, were there no customs when this rice was  brought into Akwa Ibom.? We should also know that these traders are interested in profit and when people make demands for such goods, they go to any extent to get it for customers.” He explained.

On why traders keep cash in the market, Ebong explained that, “most of our traders do not have bank account because they collect goods on credit and pay back the following morning. So it is difficult for them to be carrying cash about when they know they will settle their creditors the next day.”

But Nigeria Custom officials in Uyo have said that the operations at the market was carried out by the Presidency under the the office of National Security Adviser.

The Operations Comptroller of Customs in Uyo, Tunku Lokoja said any explanation on the operations would be done by their office in Calabar.

” That operation was carried out at the instance of National Security Adviser and we are not under them .And I just heard it the way I am hearing from you . So whatever they took from the operations , you have to contact Calabar because I don’t have any information on that.

” The team comprises of Nigeria Customs , Army, Immigration, DSS and the Police. I don’t know whatever they took from there . As I said, you have to contact Calabar for information on it.”  Lokoja said .

Reacting to the raid, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Matket, Trade and Investment, Mr Idorenyin Rapheal condemned the approach adopted by the security operatives, which he said created a questionable impression of the exercise.

Raphael who decried the unwarranted destruction of market stalls and gates also queried the extension of the raid to provision stores, vandalization of beans, groundnut oil and cash, while owners of such shops were in their homes sleeping. 

“They came in around 11.30pm and left at 4.30am. they carted away cash, rice, beans, provisions, groundnut oil. Everything amounted to N163m. They left with 10 truck load of food items”. he said

The Special Adviser to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Capt Iniobong Ekong (Rtd) when contacted said the team, identified as border control from office of the National Security Adviser to the President, has confirmed to have been responsible for the raid. He however condemned the timing and vandalization.