Saturday 22 July 2017


Ephraim Inyang and wife
By Emmanuel Nicholas
It is widely believed that the hallmark of a fine worker is defined by his capacity to execute the task assigned to him. That capacity is not necessarily a product of his educational qualification or the acquired skills of the staff. This is so because many professionals with educational qualifications and even skills fail to meet up with their assigned task because of lack of capacity which encompasses their character, passion and approach to work.

Wednesday 19 July 2017

There was no bank robbery in Uyo yesterday, only a cult clash - Police

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has said there was no bank robbery in Uyo, the state capital on Tuesday. The position of the security agency was made known by the Force’s Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu. He said there was a clash between rival cult groups at Abak Road close to where banks are located, stating that the police only stepped in to restore order.

PDP to Hold National Convention on August 12

The National Executive of the Peoples Democratic Party has fixed August 12, 2017, to hold a none-elective national convention in Abuja.

The decision comes after a series of meetings by the various organs of the party since Monday.

At an expanded caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday, Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan called on members of the party to focus on rebuilding it ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Photos: Bloody APC Primary in Lagos

Lagos State APC Primary election in Odiolowo turned bloody as Ward L Chairman, Demola, Hakeem Saka and all the ward excos were brutally beaten.

Mr Hakeem Saka, APC aspirant in Odi-Olowo who dragged APC to court and won the case against imposition was beaten, stripped today when he protested exclusion from the emergency primaries organized by Afikuyomi-led APC Electoral Committee in Rafiu Solomon Hall, Olateju Odi-Olowo.

Inibehe Effiong is an a*s hole lawyer, hungry and dejected – top crime fighter, SP Julian

Barr Effiong (left) is currently engaged in war of words with SP Julian (right)
SP Julian Igbudu, a former OC Anti-Robbery, Akwa Ibom State Police Command has blast human rights activist, Inibehe Effiong saying the Lagos-based lawyer is an a*s hole who is hungry and dejected.

Sunday 16 July 2017

Uyo High Court dissolves 18-year old marriage over wife’s poor cooking

The marriage that was contracted in July, 1999, was terminated today, as an Uyo High Court dissolves a 18-year-old union between one Nseobong Ukpong and his wife, Mary, over poor cooking by the wife. The Presiding Judge while dissolving the marriage, said there was “no longer any love in the marriage’’.

Police confirms transfer of CP Awunah, SP Julian

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Don Awunah, has been transferred from the state barely seven months after assuming office. Mr. Awunah, the 21st commissioner of police in the state, took over from his predecessor, Muritala Mani, in January.

INEC denies stopping the recall of Melaye

The attention of the Commission has been drawn to some media reports suggesting that the Commission has halted the process of recall of the Senator Representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye. Some of the reports even claim that the Commission was being blackmailed into abandoning the process as a result of the Senate decision to probe the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TEFUND), where the present Chairman of INEC previously served as Executive Secretary.

Saturday 15 July 2017

Photos: Akpabio meets Tinubu again

Senator Godswill Akpabio again met with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He was amongst the Senators who paid a visit to the former Governor of Lagos at his residence in Ikoyi, last night. The delegation was led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. More photos after the cut…

Italy Defeats Super Eagles At Ongoing Legends World Cup

Nigeria lost 2 – 1 to Italy in their second game at the ongoing Star Sixes tournament in England.
Italy legends opened the scoring thorugh skipper Alessandro Del Piero when he tapped in from close range after Peter Rufai spilled a long range effort in his part.

Osinbajo Surprises Wife With Midnight Cake for Her 50th Birthday

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the sweetest man in the world, as far as fans are concerned.
Today, his wife, Dolapo, took to her Instagram to share a heartwarming photo of them posing with a cake she said he gave her at midnight, in time for her 50th birthday.
“Thanking God for 50 years of His grace. #CakeAtMidnight,” she said in the post.

Friday 14 July 2017

Human rights activist commends IGP over transfers in AKS command, blasts Awunah, Julian

SP Julian

In a reaction to our earlier post that Uyo people have groaned over the transfer of OC Anti-Robbery, SP Julian Igbudu, human rights activist, Barr. Inibehe Effiong has commended the Inspector General of Police for the decision.
The Lagos based lawyer stated this in a post on his Facebook timeline. He said the Cross River State born Julian was part of the security problems in the state. Read his full post after the cut…

House of Reps member, Abdullahi Wammako dead

A member of the House of Representatives, Abdullahi Wammako, has died
Wamakko, who represented Kware/Wammako federal constituency of Sokoto State, died at the National hospital, Abuja after a brief illness. The spokesman of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, announced this to the media on Friday.

INEC suspends Dino Melaye’s recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has suspended the recall process of Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye. INEC’s National Commissioner, Adedeji Soyebi explained that the decision was in line with a court ruling.

Pete Edochie’s son, Yul to contest in 2017 Anambra Governorship election

One of Pete Edochie’s sons, Yul, has declared his intention to run for Governor of Anambra State later this year. Yul, who is also an actor like his father, took to his Twitter page to reveal his ambition and upload his campaign poster. He, however, did not disclose the political party he intends to use as a platform. He also stated that Anambra, “needs a new brand of leaders, who will put the masses first.”

PDP fixes October for National Convention, zones presidency to North

The National Convention of the PDP has been slated to hold in October, the national leadership of the party has announced. Towards achieving a seamless convention, each state branch of the party has been directed to submit the names of 30 members that would serve on the convention planning committee.
The Niger State chairman of the party, Alhaji Tanko Beji, disclosed this in Minna Thursday while addressing a stakeholders' meeting where the implication of the Supreme Court verdict was also explained.

Uyo people groan as IGP transfers crime fighter, Julian Onita

A section of Uyo people are groaning over the transfer of a top crime fighter, Julian Onita from the Akwa Ibom State command of the Nigerian Police Force to Kogi State Command by the IGP.
Julian who was promoted last year to the OC Anti-Robbery was affected in the recent routine transfers in the force which was widely reported in the media yesterday.

I did not congratulate Makarfi, says Sheriff

The sacked National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has insisted that he did not send any congratulatory message to Senator Ahmed Makarfi, who floored him at the Supreme Court.

Akwa Ibom APC makes U-turn, says they will take part in LG polls

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state has said they will take part in the November 11, 2017 Local Government Elections in the state. This was contained in a press release by the Senator John James Akpanudoedehe faction of the party. In the press release signed by the Ag. State chairman of the party, Obong Mitchel George, the party urged party faithful and the general public to disregard the earlier press release by the Amadu Attai led exco which stated that the party has withdrawn from the election.

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Don Moen is alive

American singer-songwriter, pastor evangelist, Don Moen who was reported dead by a news website is alive and has tweeted a picture of his father, himself, son and grandson- the four generations of his family.

PDP: Nigeria now has a viable opposition says Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the judgment of the Supreme Court on the PDP crisis is a victory for democracy as the nation will now have a viable opposition.
Speaking after the Supreme Court in Abuja on Wednesday, Governor Wike said: "This judgment shows that there will be opposition in Nigeria.

Supreme Court declares Makarfi National Chairman of PDP

The Supreme Court this morning declared Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. All objections by Ali Modu Sheriff were nullified. More details to follow.

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Akwa Ibom Admiral Becomes Pioneer Naval War College Commandant

A two-star navy general from Akwa Ibom, Rear Admiral Thaddeus Chris Udofia, on Monday assumed duties as the Commandant of the newly established Naval War College (NWC), Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Sunday 9 July 2017

Commissioner’s wife promises commitment to Ibibio interest

Akan Okon and wife at the induction

The wife of Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Mrs Queen Akan Okon, has expressed her commitment to the overall growth and unity of Ibibio nation as an entity and the generality of Akwa Ibom State at large. She made this known shortly after her induction into the prestigious Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio on Saturday July 8, at the International Headquarters of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Udoudoma Avenue in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Saturday 8 July 2017

Evans has not “vanished” from our custody, ACP Abba Kyari blasts Sun Newspaper

ACP Abba Kyari (circled) in a photograph with the dreaded kidnapper

ACP Abba Kyari, the police officer who led the operation that saw the capture of Evans, has debunked the newspaper report on Sun that the dreaded billionaire kidnapper has “vanished” from police custody.

Positivity Challenge: Akwa Ibom people unite in new campaign to portray state in positive light!

By Utitofon Essien

In what many social media commentators have already described as another classic case of indigenes uniting for a common good of a state, indigenes and residents of Akwa Ibom state are currently engaging in a new challenge which they take up the responsibility of telling the world the positive things about the state.

Akwa Utd to test Plateau's might in Jos

Plateau United's unbeaten home record in the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL will face a litmus test this weekend when in form Akwa United visit Rwang Pam stadium in Jos for Matchday 28 encounter on Sunday.

Evans vanishes, billionaire kidnapper’s whereabouts unknown

After weeks of public furore and media frenzy, a sudden blackout has descended on the case of Chukwuduneme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, Nigeria’s infamous billionaire kidnapper, thus fuelling speculations that he’s escaped, or dead. Saturday Sun has however gathered that Evans is not dead as his family now fears but has been moved from the Lagos police command headquarters cell by about 30 heavily armed men at midnight few days ago to an undisclosed destination. Some senior police officers in the know told Saturday Sun he was moved to Abuja

Goodluck Jonathan’s in-law shot by unknown gunmen

Prince Edward is the son of the Paramount Ruler of Abi LGA in central Cross River state and the inlaw to former President Goodluck Jonathan. He married the former President’s daughter in a lavish wedding ceremony three years ago, where gold plated iPhones were shared to guests who attended the event.

Young married woman killed in accident caused by Akwa Ibom taskforce officials

It was a black Friday for the family of a young married woman, Mrs Anwanabasi Enang, who was crushed to death this afternoon by a car on Uyo-Nnung Udoe Road, Ikot Obio Offong, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. She left behind a husband and two children.
Anwangabasi, a staff with the State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Eket, was said to have gone to Uyo today for a promotional interview. She writhed in pains for hours without help, until she gave up.

AKS Info boss, Charles Udoh donates kits to Akwa United Football Club

L-R: Charles Bassey, Abdu Maikaba, and Charles Udoh

Akwa Ibom State, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, today, elated the spirit of football fans when he made personal donation of kits to the Technical crew of Akwa United Football Club, Uyo, in the conference room of his Ministry.

Thursday 6 July 2017

UNIUYO VC, Prof Enefiok Essien confirmed as SAN

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) on Thursday announced the confirmation of the Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo, Professor Enefiok Essien and 29 other legal practitioners as Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).

Oron Maritime University Bill passed by the senate

The bill for the upgrading of Maritime Academy Oron, Akwa Ibom State into Federal University of Maritime Studies, Oron sponsored by Senator Nelson Efiong has been today 6th July, 2017 passed by the Senate.

Akpabio revives Southern Senators Forum, Uzodinma emerges chairman

The Southern Senators Forum, Wednesday, re-emerged at the Senate after being in oblivion for some years, saying they stand with Nigeria’s unity even as there are several agitations, especially that by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for actualisation of Biafra. Recall that the forum’s activity was last noticed 2006 and 2007 during the tenure of Ken Nnamani as President of the Senate. It had Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume as chairman.

Police parades suspected Akwa Ibom fraudsters scamming people with President Buhari’s name

Some of the suspected fraudsters were paraded in Uyo. Source: DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu
It is gathered that some fraudsters who have been using President Muhammadu Buhari's name to defraud people, were arrested in Akwa Ibom state recently. According to a reports, 16 suspects (10 men and 6 women) were arrested and paraded for defrauding unsuspecting victims while pretending to be the Nigerian president. The suspected fraudsters who were caught on June 30,2017, around Atiku Abubakar way in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, were said to have formed a fake group known as "Niger Delta Youths, Women and Security Movement for Buhari”. The suspects were said to have sold several forms bearing that name to unsuspecting members of the public, claiming they were hiring people to become law enforcement officers.

Festus Keyamo, 29 Others Approved As SAN

Thirty candidates have been approved as Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Among them are Festus Keyamo, four academics, one female, while the others are practising lawyers. Full list to follow soon...

Mother-of-all-empowerments: Senator Akpabio to empower over 2,500 constituents (see photos)

Senator Godswill Akpabio will today empowerment over 2,500 constituents of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District. The event is scheduled to take place at Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium.
The event will have the governor of the State, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel as the Chief Host while the Senate President, His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki would be the Special Guest of Honour. The deputy governor, His Excellency, Mr. Moses Ekpo is billed to Chair the event. Grapevine has also hinted that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State would be in attendance. His Excellency, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate President is also billed to be in attendance. Aside from the isolated personages, political leaders, party stalwarts, stakeholders, royal fathers, the clergy, youths, women and the general public are expected to grace the epochal event.

Wednesday 5 July 2017

FG Agrees To Publish Names Of Looters

The Federal Government has announced plans to publish names of treasury looters as ordered by a Federal High Court in Lagos. The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

Friends, Family to Pay Tribute to slain popular photographer, Sammy Paparazzi at Candle Night Event

As the remains of slain Uyo photographer, Samuel Ekerendu popularly known as Sammy Paparazzi will be buried on Saturday, friends, colleagues and family members will gather to pay their respects to the late multi-talented young man at a tribute/candle night event.

Tuesday 4 July 2017

The lion of the east - Part 1, by Femi Fani-Kayode

Let me make this abundantly clear right from the outset. I love and respect Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the supreme leader of the Biafran movement, the founder and convener of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and the man that I have appropiately dubbed as the Lion of the East.
I do not however agree with him on EVERYTHING and neither do I share his views about President Goodluck Jonathan.

List of New Caretaker Committee Members for the 31 LGAs of Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel has constituted caretaker committees for the 31 LGAs of the state. The committees will be inaugurated on Tuesday by 5pm. below is the full list. 

Monday 3 July 2017

President Buhari writes Kano governor over Maitama Sule's demise

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a personal letter of condolence to the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in which he expressed profound shock over the death of elder statesman, Alhaji (Dr) Yusuf Maitama Sule.

BREAKING: INEC Releases Timetable For Dino Melaye’s Recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the timetable for the recall of the Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye.
Details later…

Sunday 2 July 2017

Newman's Goal Moves Akwa Utd to 3rd spot

Akwa United cruised to third place on the Nigeria Professional Football League table with a 1-0 victory over Enyimba International at the Godswill Akpabio International stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
In form striker Musa Newman scored the only goal of the crucial encounter in the 15th minute tucking in Ubong Friday's excellent cross.

Germany win 2017 Confederations Cup

Germany has just won the Confederations Cup 2017. They defeated Chile by a goal to nil to lif their first confederations cup trophy. A Chile dominated match ended with a young German squad capturing the Confed Cup title, thanks to Lars Stindl's lone goal.