An Abuja High Court has struck out the six-count charge preferred against a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godsday Orubebe, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Mr Orubebe, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and three other defendants were accused of alleged complicity in a 1.97 billion Naira contract fraud.
Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, however, discharged and acquitted them on Tuesday, following the withdrawal of the charge by the prosecution.
The court had earlier given the anti-graft agency till April 4, 2017, to produce its witnesses to establish that the defendants diverted the funds meant for the compensation of owners of properties of Eket Urban section of the East-West Road in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
Police say they have arrested three people suspected to be pipeline vandals in Akwa Ibom State.
The three suspects were among seven suspected criminals paraded before journalists at the Police Headquarters in Uyo, the state’s capital in southeast Nigeria.
Parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Cordelia Nwawe, said the suspects were arrested at a hotel in Eket, following intelligence reports.
Mr Nwawe listed items recovered from the suspects to include: two high-powered Improvised Explosive Device and one long single high-powered propel launcher bomb which is capable of destroying any high-pressure oil pipeline among others.
The other four suspects paraded were said to specialise in stealing motorcycles and electric transformers.
The Police spokesman appealed to members of the public to be more conscious of the security issues in their environment.
A total of 12 petrol stations have been sealed off in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for selling petrol above the federal government approved price of N86.50 per litre.
The department said that the action was taken to save the public from unnecessary hardship caused by greed on the part of some petrol dealers in the state.
The petrol stations sealed by the DPR are located on Orom Road, Aka road, Olusegun Obasanjo way and Ikot Ekpene Road in the capital city.
The Operations Director of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket, Mr Bassey Nkanga, who led the operation, warned dealers to revert to the federal government approved price or face the consequences.
He warned that the DPR remains determined to enforce the government’s directive.
A survey by Channels Television revealed that while the major marketers were selling the product at the approved N86.50 per litre, others were selling it between N150 and N160 per litre.
Many other petrol stations in the state capital have also been sealed off for other offences including operating without license and diversion of products.
The founder of All Nations Christian Ministry International, Pastor Umo Eno, has clocked 50 and he marked the birthday with a thanksgiving service.
Pastor Eno is also the Chairman/CEO of Royalty Hotel, Eket and a major player in the hospitality business in the oil-rich town of Eket in Akwa Ibom State.
He is a man of many parts.
His family, friends and business associates gathered to honour him on this special day, with a ceremony that began with a special praise and worship session at the All Nations Christian Ministry International, worship centre.
The celebrant was lauded for what he has been able to achieve in his 50 years on earth.
The celebrant’s wife, Patience, his mother and celebrant led the family in the special thanksgiving session.
His children were not left out, as they had a thing or two to say about their father.
To further mark the day, 30 widows and 10 physically challenged persons were presented with cash and other gifts.
After the service, they all retired to Royalty Hotel for the reception
Off course with mouth watery meals which got lots of their feet to have a taste of it.
The government of Akwa Ibom state has charged youths of Eket and Etinan towns to cooperate with contractors handling the dualisation of Eket-Etinan Road to ensure the completion of the project on schedule.
Governor Godswill Akpabio gave the charge in Eket while flagging off the construction of the road.
The governor assured that the dualization of the 23.3km road will be completed before the end of his tenure in 2015.He expressed confidence in the competence of CCECC, the contractors, to deliver the project in record time of 36 months.
Akpabio said the dualization of the road was part of his agenda to unleash uncommon transformation on all parts of the state, adding that the oil rich city of Eket will soon experience major remodelling of its roads to add beauty and ease traffic.
The cost of the dualization is put at N26 billion. Features of the dual carriage way inculude 3 bridges, covered drains, street lights, walk ways on both sides, shoulders on both sides and traffic lights.
Governor Akpabio had earlier commissioned some roads in Etinan and promised that more projects are billed for commissioning in the weeks to come.