Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a 31-year-old prophet, Anietie Inyang from Ikot Ebak village, Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state, for allegedly sodomising a 12-year-old boy.

Prophet Anietie Inyang was alleged to have engaged in anal sex with the victim, who lives with his grandmother at Ikot Ada Utor in Afaha Clan also in Essien Udim Local Government Area.

According to Sitippe, the suspect was earlier arrested by the Essien Udim Police Division but released on bail without being charged to court and attempts were made to cover up the case.

However, the wife of the Chairman of Essien Udim, Mrs Umoh Gabriel Tony Luke alongside her husband, Anthony Luke got wind of the information and ordered the police to produce the suspect

He was subsequently re-arrested and brought to the State Police Headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo.

It was further learnt that the Akwa Ibom State Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response Unit has taken over the case.

The Government of Akwa Ibom State hereby formally announces the death of a former Military Governor of our state, Air Commodre Idongesit Nkanga, who died at night on 24th December,2020.

The information from the Isolation center where he was admitted and managed indicates that the first indigenous military Governor of our state and leader of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) died from complications resulting from COVID-19 infection. Requisite protective protocol and contact tracing have been immediately activated.

Otuekong Nkanga was the Director General of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Divine Mandate Campaign organization 2015 & 2019. He was also the Chairman of the Ibom Airport Development company and Ibom Air.

The Governor, HE Udom Emmanuel is greatly saddened by the news of his passing and condoles with the bereaved family. Consequently, the Governor has declared a seven day period of mourning effective Saturday, 26th December,2020. Flags are to be flown at half mast for the entire duration of the mourning in the state.

This is Signed by,

Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem
Secretary to the State Government.

The Judicial Panel of Investigation on Incidences of police brutality and other human rights violation in Akwa Ibom State was on Monday greeted with shocking cases of extrajudicial killings by the police as it commences sitting. 

Recall that Akwa Ibom State Government had  on October 20, 2020 set up a Judicial panel to investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violations, and related extra judicial killings in the State, as reaction to the nationwide EndSars protest.

At the inaugural sitting at High Court 8, FULGA road, Akpan Akpa Udo street, off Ikot Ekpene road, Uyo on Monday, the Panel announced receipt of.92 cases, mentioned eight and considered  two pathetic cases of brutal killing presented  by counsels to the victims.

The first case nvolved the alleged murder of one Alade Jonathan Farojoye – a fisherman and pastor with Deeper Life Bible Church who  was allegedly murdered by the police at Iwoukpom, Ibeno Local Government Area of Alwa Ibom State..

The second case considered by the judiciary panel was on the alleged killing of one Mr Augustine Effiong, a taxi driver,  by men of Special Anti-robbery Squard, SARS. 

The late Effiong, as the case revealed was until his arrest and subsequent death in police custody,  plying Uyo- Eket route as taxi driver.

Counsels to the victims further revealed to the panel that corpses of both Farojoye who was allegedly killed in September 2017 and Effiong whose life was also ended  in October 2019 were yet to be released to their families for burial, despite several appeals to the police.

A total of 8 petitions were mentioned at the inaugural sitting, including petitions from Obong Paul Etim Ekpo, Beautrice Abosede Osaniya,  Esara Victor Umoh, among others. 

Chairman of the Judicial Panel of Investigation

Justice Ifiok Ukana in his remarks assured  that the Panel is determined to ensure  fair hearing to all parties involved.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-cyan-blue-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The Panel, according to Justice Ukana will make recommendations to the State Government and where necessary direct the State Attorney General to ensure that those culpable are prosecuted and compensation given to families of victims.  He pledged an accelerated hearing of all petitions.The Panel, according to Justice Ukana will make recommendations to the State Government and where necessary direct the State Attorney General to ensure that those culpable are prosecuted and compensation given to families of victims.  He pledged an accelerated hearing of all petitions.

In the meantime,  the Panel has ordered that copies of the petitions be served on all parties involved while summons have also been issued to them to appear before it.

The Judicial Panel has also extended time for submission of memoranda by  7days,  beginning from Tuesday, November 17 in the interest of justice. 

The Panel therefore urged members of the public to use the extension of time to  submit their petitions.