Two Killed In Akwa Ibom Market Wall Collapse

akwa-ibom-market-wall-collapseTwo persons were killed on Monday in Akwa Ibom State by the wall of a building in a popular Urua Ederebo market in ‎Urua Ederebo, Ikot Akpatek, Onna Local Government Area.

Reports say two market women were killed while 17 others were injured in the incident that happened in the hometown of Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel.

The cause of the collapse is still unknown, but the market, which is over 50 years old, was renovated three years ago‎ by the state government.

Another part of the building with cracks

While the state’s Commissioner for Works, Ephraim Inyang-eyen, who led rescue operations, said no life was lost during the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, ‎confirmed that two women died to the collapsed market wall.

Addressing reporters after evacuations, Mr Mani said: “It is not a building that collapsed. It was the wall of a local market. The market is a small market. Two market women died”.

The Chairman of Onna Local Government caretaker committee, Mr Joshua Ndoho, told Channels Television that the council would set up a committee on Tuesday to evaluate the structures in the market with a view to removing those seen to be too old.akwa-ibom-market-wall

He said” “It is obvious that the collapsed shop was too old and unfit for habitation.

“It is better we do not have a market than to have a market that people will die”.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said the nine people who sustained injuries were quickly moved to Ibom Specialist Hospital for proper treatment by experts, claiming  that nobody died in the incident.

The collapse of the market wall is coming nine days after a church building belonging to Reigners Bible International collapsed and killed over 27 worshippers while hundreds were injured.

The roof of the church had caved in during a service organised to confer Bishopric authority on the founder of the church.

Governor Emmanuel, who was in the church on that day, escaped unhurt.

An investigation into the cause of the collapse has been launched by the state government.

Akwa Ibom Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Dr. Ivy Umana

Ivy Umana, AKwa IbomA 28-year-old man, Silas Henry, has confessed to the murder of Dr. Ivy Umana, who was Head of the Department of Pathology, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

The man, who is in Police custody, made the confession on Tuesday while answering questions from journalists at the Police headquarters, Uyo.

Parading the suspect, the Akwa Ibom State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said that the late Dr. Ivy Umana was murdered in her apartment at Shelter Afrique Estate in Uyo on April 20, 2016.

She added that the arrest of the suspect in Abia State was a result of detailed investigation and synergy between the Police and other security agencies.

Four other suspects, including a woman, were also paraded for alleged murder and robbery. The suspects also confessed their involvement in the crimes.

The PPRO, Cordelia Nwawe, used the occasion to restate the command’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.

Akwa Ibom Police Honour Five Policemen For Gallantry

ekiti drivers-police-oyo-akwa ibomAkwa Ibom State Police Command on Thursday honoured five of its men for various acts of gallantry.

The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Murtala Mani, presented certificates of courage to the five men at the Police Force headquarters in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Presenting the certificates, the CP described the honour as a morale booster aimed at encouraging excellent performance among officers and men of the command.

Mr Mani urged them not to relent in their quest to ensure safety of lives and property.

The CP had earlier addressed officers and men of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in their new uniform were he gave the assurance that with the launch of the FSARS, there would be no hiding place for criminals in the state.

Speaking to Channels Television, the CP spoke on measures taken by the command to curb armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes in the state.

He expressed satisfaction that the measures have yielded positive results.

The new FSARS is an initiative of the Inspector General of Police to give a new corporate image and ensure uniform operations for the squad nationwide.

Police Nab Kidnap Gang In Akwa Ibom

ekiti drivers-police-oyo-akwa ibomOfficials of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a 12-man gang of kidnappers who have been terrorising Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State for a long time.

The suspects were presented to reporters at the Police Headquarters in Uyo by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwanwe.

She revealed that the gang had kidnapped two women at Ikot Osute village in the Local government and kept them for six days.

Nwanwe said the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of five million Naira but were only able to get 130,000 Naira from their victims before luck ran out on them.

Some of the suspects including a physically challenged man confessed to the crime.

The police spokesperson also warned kidnappers and other criminals to stay away from the state, stressing that Police command had resolved to take the fight against crime to the dens of criminals.

She added that the feat was the result of intelligence policing by the command and assured law abiding residents of the security of lives and property.

While appealing to the public to help with information on criminals to ensure a safe society, Nwanwe said that Police command, under the Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, has recorded tremendous success in its renewed fight against kidnapping in the state.