Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Blog4all: Ukpanah’s murder: Matters arising

Ukpanah’s murder: Matters arising BY JERRY UDOFIAUkpanah


The assassination of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Late Engr. Albert Ukpanah is like the taste of a bad groundnut chewed in error, at least in public domain-a nightmarish recurring decimal. The hope of unraveling the “real killers” of the late politician was assured by the State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio during the funeral service of the deceased on 24th May, 2014, when he told the family and sympathizers that those who killed his “friend” would be fished out and brought to book.

What has remained a “surprise package” to the family and the public is that about three days after the burial, precisely on Tuesday 27th May, 2014, the only son of the late politician, Odudu was arrested, remanded and later charged for murder of his father which is said to be contrary to section 38, Vol. 2, Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria 2000. The particulars of offence have it “that you Odudu Albert Ukpanah on or about the 12th day of March, 2014 at No. 40 Mkpokporo Street, Abak in the Abak Judicial Division did murder one Engr. Albert Ukapanah.”

Blog4all: We’ve taken over ticketing, says Transport Commissioner

Blog4all:  We’ve taken over ticketing, says Transport Commissioner
Henceforth, no Local Government Area or Agency has the power to control, manage or raise revenue from anything mechanically propelled, including the Keke Napep in Akwa Ibom State, the Commissioner for Transport, Prince Godwin Ntukude has said.

Ntukude made the assertion last week Friday while briefing newsmen in his office. He said the order came from the State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio as a result of the lingering crisis between tricycle operators and ticket sellers in Uyo, Ibesikpo and Itu Local Government Areas which was caused by multiple ticketing and at the rate of Four Hundred Naira (N400.00) daily.

Blog4all EXCLUSIVE: What Hon. Onofiok Luke told me about Bassey Albert

EXCLUSIVE: What Hon. Onofiok Luke told me about Bassey Albert
It seemed like a reckless boast when news filtered  into town about his interest in the hilltop mansion. It was one piece of news that raised a lot of dust and reverberated across and beyond the state.

The news of Bassey Albert’s interest in the ‘Hiltop Mansion’ spread like wild fire, owing to his personality and magnanimity, when it became excruciating, his sack from the cabinet of Godswill Akpabio where he served as the Commissioner of Finance became inevitable by the powers that be, an office that was once occupied by Mr. Umana Okon Umana- who hails from Onofiok’s Local Government Area- Nsit Ubium.

The new bond between Honourable Barrister Onofiok Luke and Mr. Albert is one news piece that has taken a swipe in the local media recently. I have had the privilege to meet with some of the high ranking contenders for the hilltop mansion (Akwa Ibom state’s seat of power), and he is one of them, some of whom our relationship was more of personal, than official based on their current or previous appointments or political offices. So for me, having them contest against each other and taking sides with any of them will help me to create animosity, rather than harmonize relationships.
Who is Bassey Albert?

“What happens when Udom is wrong?”

“What happens when Udom is wrong?” BY OKPO EWA

A man who always tells the truth is most often than not mistaken to be a prophet by those who did not accept the truth when eventually the truth pans out. This is being the syndrome in our polity explains with little wonder Prof. John J. Mearsheimer and Dane Radcliffe’s submission in their works respectively that officials and players in democratic political system are more likely to deceive their own people than in autocratic system deploying various patterns of deception ranging from outright lies to less blatant forms of deception which Mersheimer classifies as “spinning” and “concealments” involving making political statements without saying anything false yet deceptive. Like Max Webber warns politics is a long and slow boring of hard boards. 

Thus while the health of a democracy is said to depend in part on the ability of politicians to muster popular support for their policies which itself requires unfettered trust of the voters, the masses on the other hand are a quandary wont to believe what they hear and act by it. This invariably is what seems to tempt political office holders and seekers to exploit the people to their personal benefits by exploring the numerous ways to misrepresent fact.

Thomas: The trials, my prayers

Thomas: The trials, my prayers
I consider it a moment of trials for my brother and friend, Thomas Thomas. Trials because the same people he tried to pre informed has been deafeningly silence ever since he was captured in a gustapo like manner and whisked to the DSS along two lane, Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo. I will not bore you with the story of his trail and capture but just that some questions need to be addressed by the Ikot Ekpene road branch manager of MTN, Nigeria. 

Ever since Thomas was picked up by security agents acting under the instructions of the state Government, so many people have come out with different stories to suit their excitement or otherwise. The state Governor Goidswill Akpabio is even said to have made some remarks doubting the authenticity of the recorded voice who gave Thomas the news of the attempt to kill the paramount rulers of Ibiono Ibom and that of Etinan Local Government Areas. As a promising youngman with a bright future, Thomas would not go the length of coercing a voice note simply because of any reasons whatsoever on the surface of the earth. The idea or information that the voice recorded by Thomas on the alleged killing story is false is to me not realistic.

Boko Haram in Akwa Ibom: The Kabiru Sokoto connection and his stay in the state

Boko Haram in Akwa Ibom: The Kabiru Sokoto connection and his stay in the state
Information gathered by THE INK Newspaper last week indicates that the alleged mastermind of Madalla bomb blast was in Uyo and spent about four months in Uyo Prison located along Barracks road until renewed security challenges beagan to surface in the state. While he was there, the quiet amd soft speaking Kabiru Sokoto is said to have made several calls with the help of the hand set of one of the prison warders who is alleged to have been sympathetic to the Bomber. A highly placed prison authority at Uyo Prisons informed ou reporter while pleading for strict confidence.

Our source said while Kabiru Sokoto was at the Uyo Prisons, there was a heavy presence of security around Barracks road as according to the source, some Aduma men made up of both Army and Navy were stationed in a certain police van screening all vehicles coming into and going out of the Barracks road premises. Our source  had however informed that if BOKO HARAM comes to wreck havoc in the state, it could be as a result of the Sokoto stay in Uyo were our source emphasized had made series of contact as he is said to have always been telling his associates that he was in Uyo Prisons.

Era of imposition is over in PDP – Fayose Assured Nigerians

Ekiti State Governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose, said the era of imposition of candidates for elective offices in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was gone.

Fayose stated this at a meeting he held with aspirants for legislative and local government elective positions on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti.
He said both the national and state chapters of the party had learnt a lot from the process that led to his election as governor.

“It is now evident that imposition of candidates for political offices does not produce popular candidates and is capable of making a party to lose sympathy of the electorate,’’ he said.
The governor-elect told the aspirants that the party would screen each aspirant before they could be allowed to participate in the election.

He therefore urged all aspirants not to bribe any party leader as such would not help them.

Fayose also said that the party would not hesitate to sanction any erring member who remained in the party and still work against it.
He said his government would ensure that all members of the party benefited from one thing or the other during his tenure.

The State chairman of the party, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, for supporting the party to win the Ekiti governorship election.

One time Education Minister, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, solicited the people of Ekiti and party members’ support for the governor-elect to enable him perform better than the outgoing administration

What Akwa Ibom Needs by Mfon Iwok

What Akwa Ibom Needs by Mfon IwokWhat Akwa Ibom Needs by Mfon Iwok
Dear all,

What does Akwa Ibom state really need at this point after the uncommon transformation?

We need an assertive leader that thinks ahead for the good of the populace. We need someone that has a good management experience and cooperate governance skills to be able to manage our resources such that everyone could benefit from it. We need a leader with an asset management experience. Most of all, we need a good planner that thinks about our future generation. 

We need a leader that will touch the microeconomic sector of Akwa Ibom State.  Someone that will think of ways to raise our Gross Domestic Products, (GDP) and change our youths' sole ambition of becoming politicians. We need a Governor that will partner with our banking sector to arrange soft loans, with a period of grace, to our market women (sole traders) and our young school leavers to boost the private sector economy of our state.

Blog4all: THE NSIT UBIUM LONG SERIES (EPISODE 6): THE BIG GOLDFISH BY UBONG SAMPSON

Blog4all: THE NSIT UBIUM LONG SERIES (EPISODE 6): THE BIG GOLDFISH  BY UBONG SAMPSON
In a society like ours where everyone seems dissatisfied about virtually everything, one cannot help but wonder when things will ever go right. The ancient day man’s quest for development and civilization was simply understood and easily attributed to his loss of passion in the benighted kind of life which he lived under a coercive natural circumstance. Epochs come and gone, across the medieval, to the contemporary era when man finds his environment completely digitalized, and his benightedness consequently fading into history; yet the dissatisfaction of man remains incessant. This has consequently changed the course of man’s struggle from tha t of the collective humanitarian interest to that of individual interest. Sadly, the “all man for himself” belief has taken over man’s psyche, thereby turning the society into a place where avarice and egocentrism rocks.

Blog4all: Enugu Assembly Says Deputy Governor Must Go For Raising Chickens in Govt. House

Enugu Assembly Says Deputy Governor Must Go For Raising Chickens in Govt. House
The Assembly also accuses Mr. Onyebuchi of obstructing the smooth running of government for disobeying Governor Chime

The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday said the state deputy governor, Sunday Onyebuchi, does not deserve to remain in office for operating a poultry farm within his official quarters and obstructing the smooth running of government in other ways.

Twenty-two of the 24 members of the Assembly  had on Monday resolved to serve impeachment notice on the deputy governor.
Among the charges against Mr. Onyebuchi is the operation of a livestock and poultry farms within residential areas in Enugu.

Chibok Girls: Still missing 100 days later #freethomasthomas

Chibok Girls: Still missing 100 days later #freethomasthomas
Chibok Girls: Still missing 100 days later #freethomasthomas
Today is Day 100 of our girls missing. Here's hoping the world does not forget, and they bring back our girls soon.

Meanwhile, there are reports that 4 parents of the missing Chibok girls have died, raising the number to 11. According to the National Chairman of Chibok community, Pogu Bitrus, they died of heart attack and frustration. "One father of two of the girls kidnapped, just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters until his life left him" Pogu said. Please #bringbackourgirls #freethomasthomas

Blog4all: ‘Akpabio’s comment over successor, reckless, irresponsible’

A former Commissioner for Information in Akwa Ibom State, Ita Awak, has described as reckless and irresponsible the recent death sentence pronounced by Governor Godswill Akpabio against any aspirant who tries to take over power from him through the back door.

Awak, who reacted to the statement credited to Akpabio during the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony of the PDP secretariat in the state last week, expressed dismay that the “chief security officer of a state, who has been nationally decorated as the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) could display such lack of decorum and patriotism in public.

Ex-Wife Reveals Shocking Details About Fela, Says I Want The World To Know The Truth Read

Ex-Wife Reveals Shocking Details About Fela, Says I Want The World To Know The Truth  Read
One of the wives of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Laide Anikulapo-Kuti, Nee Babayale, has revealed some shocking details about the late legend. She revealed this in a video interview with a  Media Group, but you can read the transcribed version here. It’s very revealing. 

How did you meet Fela? 
I met Fela at a Sunday Jump in 1974. The shrine was opposite my house and some of my friends were selling things in front of the place, and we were just there doing our own thing, while Baba was inside doing his own thing as usual. It was the boys that made us know him well. They came to buy cigarettes from my friends, and wanted to take candy sweets for free, and I was a kind of person that would never allow anybody take me or the people around me for a ride. 

Blog4all: Gov. Akpabio is planning to kill Chief Frank Okon says Chris Udoh

Blog4all: Gov. Akpabio is planning to kill Chief Frank Okon says Chris UdohBlog4all: Gov. Akpabio is planning to kill Chief Frank Okon says Chris Udoh

* Advise Frank Okon to be careful. 

Chris Udoh has accused Gov. Akpabio of planning to kill Chief Frank Okon because he want to use back door (court case) to enter Government House.

Udoh made this known on Ibom Forum while commenting on Gov. Akpabio's speech during the ground breaking of PDP Secretariat.

Below is his unedited comment.

IMPEACHMENT: Thugs attack lawmaker in Ebonyi

IMPEACHMENT: Thugs attack lawmaker in Ebonyi
Madam Speaker flanked by her men

*CP deploys policemen to the Assembly complex

A member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Nnenna Nwene, was yesterday allegedly attacked by thugs for her role in the impeachment of the speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku.

This came as the state Commissioner of Police, Maigari Dikko, deployed policemen to the Assembly complex since the speaker was impeached last Monday.

The lawmaker, who represents Ohaozara East state constituency, was attacked as she was driving to the residence of a fellow member of the House, Ikechukwu Ogbu, who is in the camp of the new speaker, Helen Nwaobasi, who was installed yesterday.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

UNIUYO TEACHING HOSPITAL CMD RESTORES LIGHT AFTER MEDIA EMBARRASSMENT

UNIUYO TEACHING HOSPITAL CMD RESTORES LIGHT AFTER MEDIA EMBARRASSMENT


In a circular seen by our reporter who visited the hospital on Tuesday, it stated that the issues surrounding the light has been resolved and henceforth, there will be constant light to enable the Nurses, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Radiographers, Orthopedicians and other clinical staffs work with.

100 DAYS CHIBOK GIRLS MRS. AKPABIO CHARGES AKWA IBOM GIRLS: “SUPPORT MR. PRESIDENT, ARMED FORCES WITH PRAYERS”-AKWA IBOM GOV'S WIFE

100 DAYS CHIBOK GIRLS MRS. AKPABIO CHARGES AKWA IBOM GIRLS: “SUPPORT MR. PRESIDENT, ARMED FORCES WITH PRAYERS”-AKWA IBOM GOV'S WIFE

Nigerians have been advised to persevere in prayer for the safety of the Chibok girls and for divine guidance for President Goodluck Jonathan and the armed forces as they work to secure their release. The call was made by the wife of the Akwa Ibom State governor, Ekaette Unoma Akpabio at a solemn assembly organised by the state government to mark 100 days after the abduction of more than 250 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

Addressing a group of girls who attended the prayer session from various schools across the state, the governor's wife said: “Just thinking about them and their situation brings tears to our eyes. They are young people like you and I know as innocent children, God will hear your prayers and bring your friends back to their parents.

Blog4all: CAN THE SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE THE CONSTITUTION TO SAFE AKPABIO?

CAN THE SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE THE CONSTITUTION TO SAFE AKPABIO?CAN THE SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE THE CONSTITUTION TO SAFE AKPABIO?
The first public concern on the above subject started penultimate week when a piece tagged “His Honour, Engr. Frank Okon written by ace columnist, Mr. Osondu Aherika went virile on the internet and print media.

The theme of the story was the constitutionality (or not as it latter came to be seen) of sections 140 and 141 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).

Section 140 of EA provides that “Where an election tribunal or Court nullifies an election on the grounds that the person who obtained the highest votes at the election was not qualified to contest the election, or that the election was marred by substantial irregularities or non compliance with the provision of this act, the election tribunal or Court shall not declare the person with the second highest votes as elected, but shall order a fresh election.”

THE APC AND THE MISGUIDED NOTION OF BEING THE OPPOSITIONBY BORONO BASSEY

THE APC AND THE MISGUIDED NOTION OF BEING THE OPPOSITIONBY BORONO BASSEY
When the news broke on the 6th day of February, last year, that four political Parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party, (ANPP), the Congress for Progressive Change, (CPC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had finally signed the documents that signals their collective consent to come together to form a single political party that is now called the All Progressive Congress, APC, a lot of Nigerians were thrown into mixed feelings.

For some Nigerians, the merger had meant that a there is now in existence, a party that is strong enough to not only keep the government of the day under leash, as it were, but also has what it takes to slug it out with the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in any election held in the country.

There were also some Nigerians, who had written the merger off as an inconsequential exercise with the insistence that the APC is a party that is dead on arrival. To these set of people, the argument driving this submission was the fact that quite a number of those the holding reins of the party had hitherto had their hands in the deck on the ship that transported Nigeria to this land of near despondency that we are in at the moment.

HON ROBINSON UWAK PUNCHES AKPABIO AGAIN!! DESCRIBES AKPABIO AS AN ETHNIC JINGOIST

HON ROBINSON UWAK PUNCHES AKPABIO AGAIN!! DESCRIBES AKPABIO AS AN ETHNIC JINGOISTHON ROBINSON UWAK PUNCHES AKPABIO AGAIN!! DESCRIBES AKPABIO AS AN ETHNIC JINGOIST
…WARNS AKPABIO NEVER TO SEND “GOVT SLAVES” TO HIM AGAIN

The member representing Oron Federal Constituency in the House of Representative Hon Robinson Uwak on Sunday threw a second sucker punch at Governor Akpabio when he took to his Facebook wall to warn Governor Akpabio against sending the people he describes as government slaves to him.

The reaction by Hon Uwak followed the recent rejoinder by the Governor Chief Godswill Akpabio to the swipe by the Oro Legislator which accused Governor Godswill Akpabio of marginalizing Oro nation in the distribution of infrastructure throughout his almost eight years in office.

UDOM GUBER AMBITION CRUMBLES! …AS TRADITIONAL FATHERS, CROWD REJECT HIM AND HIS DONATION AT ASAN IBIBIO

UDOM GUBER AMBITION CRUMBLES! UDOM GUBER AMBITION CRUMBLES! Udom Emmanuel
…MASS EXODUS HITS SSG CAMP
…UDOM SHOULD STOP WASTING HIS TIME, MONEY – PDP STALWART

In what appears to be a major eye-opener to what might be his fate at the general polls, if Governor Godswill Akpabio succeeds in snatching the PDP primary ticket to him, the secretary to the State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel got the embarrassment of his life over the weekend, when the crowd shouted him down from making his remark at a coronation event at Asan Ibibio.

LATEST ON UKPANAH’S ASSASINATION NEW TWIST EMERGE ON AKPABIO’S MONEY GIFT TO THE LATE UKPANAH FEW HOURS TO HIS MURDER

LATEST ON UKPANAH’S ASSASINATION NEW TWIST EMERGE ON AKPABIO’S MONEY GIFT TO THE LATE UKPANAH FEW HOURS TO HIS MURDER

…AS POLICE REPORT ABSOLVES ODUDU UKPANAH
…MURDER WAS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED – POLICE

Fresh facts have emerged on the circumstances leading to recent assassination of a top notch politician of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial descent, the Late Albert Ukpanah, as the report of police investigation on the incident has vindicated the son of the deceased Odudu Ukpanah, who was erroneously and widely speculated as the culprit.

The report which the Guide Newspaper obtained from a source revealed that the late Hon (Engr.) Albert Ukpanah was hacked to death by unknown assassins on Wednesday, the 12th of March this year at about 9:40pm in his Mbiokporo street residence at Abak had allegedly attended a meeting with his excellency, Chief Godswill Akpabio few hours before his assassination.