A hearing has begun at the Uyo Magistrate Court in the case of alleged molestation, starvation and negligence instituted by the parents of Don Davis Archibong, an 11-year-old student of the Deeper Life High School, Uyo against the school principal, some staff and two students.
Seven accused persons are facing four counts bordering on sexual molestation, maltreatment, starvation and negligence.
They include the school’s principal, Mrs Ndidi Solomon, Joseph Nseabasi, Akpan Johnson, Egor Wilson, and Joseph Ikenna.
Two minors, Shallom Ibukun and Ola Feyesetan were also brought to court.
The trial which was held behind closed doors while the media was barred from observing the proceedings, was adjourned to February 10.
On January 7, the same court had granted the Principal of Deeper Life High School Uyo and the six others bail in the sum of N500,000 each, before adjourning the case till January 20 for further hearing.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered a criminal syndicate of bankers who specialise in forging signatures of deceased bank customers and stealing from their accounts.
In a statement on Monday, the anti-graft agency disclosed that the suspects were arrested by operatives attached to its zonal office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
According to it, the suspects also execute fraudulent financial transactions, including unauthorised debits of depositors’ funds.
They are Mbong Essien, Akwa Ephraim Akwa, Precious John, Kenneth Udoetuk, and Ubong Udom
The EFCC said the suspects were arraigned on Monday before Justice Archibong Archibong of the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo.
They were charged with 23 counts bordering on conspiracy, forgery, obtaining by false pretence and criminal conversion of depositors’ funds to the tune of N37.69 million.
“The management of Fidelity Bank Plc, Abak Road branch in Uyo and 72 of the bank customers had in a petition dated December 9, 2019, alerted the Commission of suspicious withdrawals from customers’ accounts, including that of a deceased customer,” the statement said.
It added, “Investigation by the EFCC revealed that Mbong used his position as the Head, Operations and Transaction Service and Delivery, established a criminal syndicate that specialised in perpetrating the fraudulent transactions and deductions.”
The EFCC said further investigations revealed that without the authorisation or knowledge of the management of the bank, the defendants managed a fictitious fixed deposit account with interest accruing to it.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two persons for alleged illegal transmission of broadcast signals of MultiChoice (DSTV) to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital and environs without authorisation.
Those arrested by operatives of the EFCC Uyo Zonal office on Monday were one Prisca Isaac and Nwosu Precious
According to tweets from the EFCC, both suspects sales representative and technician of a company in the area, Communication Trend Limited.
“The company allegedly charges Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N3, 500.00) and Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7, 500.00) monthly as subscription fees to its customers using DSTV and other decoders without permission,” one of the tweets said.
The arrest followed a petition alleging breach of Multichoice’s English Premiership broadcast rights while some decoders, encoders, and transmitters were recovered.
The anti-graft agency said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of its investigation.
Read the tweets below:
EFCC Arrests Two for Illegal Broadcast of DSTV Signal
The EFCC, Uyo Zonal office on Monday October 14, 2019 arrested two staffs of Communication Trend Limited, Prisca Isaac, Sales Representative and Nwosu Precious, Technician at 111 Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State pic.twitter.com/K3t5rN9Vkm
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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has vowed that Nigerians would not return to the years of a wasteful, corrupt economy.
Speaking during the inauguration of the APC presidential campaign which held in Akwa-Ibom on Friday, Tinubu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) looted the nation’s resources throughout its 16-year rule.
“Sixteen years of a miserable, corrupt, corrosive economy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will never come back to this country. We are strongly determined to rechain the coal and redirect the vessel of governance in this country.
“They came 16 years and gave you 16 years of darkness. If only a PDP government would have concentrated on one item alone, electricity without which there would be no industrialization, it would have been better.
“And just because we started cleaning the table, they said they want to come back. No, we are not bringing you back. No backward in our gear. No backward for Akwa Ibom, no backward marching for Nigeria. It’s forward marching,” he said.
Tinubu’s remarks come few hours after the APC appointed him as the co-Chairman of its Presidential Campaign Council.
With his latest appointment, he is expected to use his position to actualise the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the general elections in 2019.
Tinubu told the APC supporters that the party and its candidate, President Buhari are determined to take the nation to a next level if re-elected into office.
He also promised that the APC would ensure economic prosperity for Nigerians while still fighting corruption.
“The APC is determined to bring that rope and a strong determination. We are building on a new foundation and that foundation is for you to use the elderly and tomorrow’s children. Vote for your future, not a card of corruption,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Akwa Ibom State to flag off his Presidential campaign.
Others at the event taking place in the state capital, Uyo, are the National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs, Ahmed Ali.
A member of the House of Representatives, Nse Ekpenyong, has been arraigned at the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for alleged forgery of certificate of a higher institution.
Mr Ekpenyong represents the Oron Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom state, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), on a nine-count charge, accusing him of forging a National Diploma Certificate of the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Abia State.
“You, Nse Bassey Ekpenyong on 22 November 2012, at Uyo, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did make a document to wit: Abia State Polytechnic National Diploma Certificate in Business Administration with No. 001181 dated 22nd November, 2012 with intent that it may be acted upon as genuine which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (C) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M 17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under section 1 (2) of the same Act,” one of the charges preferred against the lawmaker read.
Mr Ekpenyong, who appeared dejected, pleaded not guilty to the charges while his lawyer, Emmanuel Isangedoho, argued for his bail which was opposed by the EFCC.
The presiding Judge, Ijeoma Ojukwu, however granted the lawmaker bail in the sum of 10 million Naira and adjourned till April 12, while promising that the case would be treated speedily.
A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, has nullified the election of Bassey Albert Akpan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as senator representing Uyo senatorial district.
It has also declared his opponent, Mr Basey Etim of the PDP, as the authentic candidate of the party in the 2015 election.
In 2016, Etim took Senator Akpan, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to court claiming that he was wrongly substituted in the primary election of PDP in Akwa Ibom State.
Akpan,on the other hand, had petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) seeking the probe of Justice Fatun Riman of the Federal High Court, Uyo, Akwa Ibom division over allegations of bias, judicial misconduct and arbitrariness.
The newly posted Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Donald Awunah, says he will consolidate on the successes recorded by his predecessor to ensure continued peace and security in the state.
Mr Awunah made the remark while addressing journalists as he arrived at the Police Headquarters in Uyo, the state’s capital where he officially resumed duties.
He was welcomed with cheers from officials of the command, obviously because he had earlier served in the state as an Assistant Commissioner of Police, CID Department from 2011 to 2013.
The Police Commissioner said that the command, under his leadership, would undertake a people-oriented policing with emphasis on community and democratic policing.
He assured the people of the state that the police would remain apolitical in the discharge of its duties and also appealed for the support of personnel of the command and the public in ensuring the safety of lives and property across Akwa Ibom State.
“My dear colleagues (and) gentlemen of the press, I’m happy to be back in Akwa Ibom; It is a good place to be. I appeal for your support to enable us succeed.
“It is our collective responsibility (and) I cannot do it alone. Let us work together to ensure that the state continues to (be in) peace.
“I count on your support and cooperation,” the Commissioner said, adding that “the police will remain apolitical in the discharge of its duties”.
Mr Awunah succeeded Mr Murtala Mani who was recently transferred from the state.
The Benue State-born officer was until this appointment, the Police Public Relations Officer at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has called on members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to remain steadfast and uphold the tenets of the party as better days unfold.
Governor Emmanuel stated this on Friday during his end-of-year visit to the party secretariat at Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo.
Governor Udom Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the party for the support given him and his administration.
He noted that although the year 2016 was economically challenging, his administration was able to deliver dividends of democracy to the people without any bailout.
The Governor assured the party that the coming year would witness more robust development across the state.
He tasked party faithful to educate the masses at the grassroots to enable them take advantage of the numerous employment opportunities and empowerment schemes made available by his administration.
He also used the opportunity to assure the secondary school teachers recruited in 2015 whose appointments were canceled for alleged breach of due process in the employment process, that those with genuine credentials would be employed.
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom state, Obong Paul Ekpo, thanked the Governor for the visit.
He described him as a true party man who deemed it necessary to visit the people who worked hard to ensure his emergence as governor.
The meeting was attended by thousands of party faithful from different parts of the state.