“33” Export Celebrates Nigeria’s Independence Day With Consumers In Port Harcourt, Uyo

“33” Export last weekend gave consumers in Port Harcourt and Uyo another reason to create new memories as the brand thrilled residents of the cities with its Experience Parties.

The Friendship Experience Party which is Nigeria’s biggest friendship platform to engage consumers has been held in major cities across the country. Over the past few months, thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand have been hosted in popular clubs and bars to the best of music, games and comedy experiences.

Following the recent friendship parties in Onitsha and Lagos, friends in Port Harcourt and Uyo came out in numbers to enjoy “33” Export while celebrating Nigeria’s Independence Day.

Speaking during the event in Port Harcourt, Portfolio Manager – Mainstream, Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Agu asserted that the parties show the bond and unity in friendship among Nigerians.

“No matter where we are, the essence of friendship is always strengthened by the recognition that the bond people share needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Nigeria is fortunate in its diversities, and a lot of our consumers are here today to celebrate one another and to recognise the indispensable quality of friendship and unforgettable experiences,” Agu said.

With interesting activities at the event, consumers in Port Harcourt and Uyo won lots of amazing gifts such as generators, standing fans, refrigerators, branded T-shirts – as friends shared and made bids with the “33” Export currency.

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Attempted Murder: CORHD Condemns Illegal Arrest And Oppressive Arraignment Of Eleven Citizens By The Police In Uyo

In the evening of Thursday, September 15, 2016 we received a report of a case of indiscriminate and mass arrest of eleven (11) persons, comprising of nine (9) males and two (2) females at No. 5 Udi Street in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, A Division, Uyo.

The facts available to us indicate that a certain aged woman was found within the prescient of No. 5 Udi Street in Uyo at about 2 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by a private security man working at the apartment. According to reports, the said woman was a stranger and was not known to the security man before then. Upon being confronted, the strange woman reportedly explained to the security man that she came to visit her daughter who is a tenant at the apartment. Queried on what she was doing outside at such odd hour, the woman reportedly told the security man that she came outside to urinate. Dissatisfied with her explanation, the security man and about two others reportedly accused her of being a witch; they reportedly harassed and molested the woman. The woman is said to be recuperating at the hospital.

Upon returning to the apartment in the morning, the daughter of the woman who is an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDS) was briefed about the incident. She went to the police and reported the matter.

The following day on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at about 12 pm, a team of armed policemen stormed the apartment and arrested every person they could lay their hands on and took them to A Division, Uyo. In all, eleven (11) persons were arrested. Among the persons arrested are five (5) staff of Motion Studios, a private music/movie recording company situated at the apartment.

The names, gender and ages of the staff are as follows:

1. Kate Augustine (female, 17); 2. Armstrong James (male, 17); 3. Joseph Bassey (male, 23); 4. Elvis Johnson (male, 23) and 5. Ubong Ime (male, 19).

None of the above five (5) persons is living at No. 5 Udi Street, Uyo where the incident took place and none was present during the incident. Business at the Motion Studios where they all work closes at about 6 pm every day.

At the police station, the eleven (11) persons were kept for hours and asked by the Investigation Police Officer (IPO), one ‘Idoko’, to “cooperate” and pay money to secure their bail. We advised the staff of Motion Studios who contacted us over the matter not to “cooperate” as illegally demanded.

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP. Murtala Usman was contacted at about 7:20 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016 and urged to intervene in the matter. The Commissioner upon being briefed over the matter directed that the five (5) staff of Motion Studios be released immediately. Accordingly, they were freed and asked by the IPO to return the following morning.

We understand that the IPO and his immediate bosses at the A Division in Uyo were visibly angry over the superior order from the Commissioner of Police and the decision of the staff of Motion Studios to reach out to a lawyer who is the Convener of Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD). The IPO pointedly declared in their presence that they may have won temporarily but that their release was not the end of the matter since they decided to involved a lawyer instead of “cooperating” with him.

Shockingly, when the staff of Motion Studios reported at the station in the morning of Friday, September 16, 2016 the IPO told them that they were going to be taken to court to be arraigned for “Conspiracy” and “Attempted Murder” of the aged woman.

All our efforts to reach out to the Commissioner of Police to stop the unwarranted arraignment proved abortive.

Thus, all the eleven (11) persons were hurriedly taken before a Chief Magistrate Court in Uyo on a holding charge of “Conspiracy” and “Attempted Murder”. They were all remanded in Prison Custody and denied bail by the court.

It should be noted that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has ruled that the practice of holding charge at the Magistrate Court is unconstitutional and has no place in our criminal jurisprudence. There is at present no statutory provision under the Criminal Procedure Law of Akwa Ibom State that empowers a Magistrate to remand accused persons in a charge like Attempted Murder which is outside its jurisdiction.

It should also be noted that the police had not conducted any sensible investigation into the alleged assault and molestation of the woman before they hurriedly arraigned the eleven (11) persons. No identification parade was conducted and no reasonable steps were taken to identify the real culprits who are said to be currently at large.

All that the Nigeria Police Force in the 21st century could do was to invade the crime scene in a commando style and effect a mass and indiscriminate arrest of every unlucky person that they could lay their hands on and charge them to court for refusing to “cooperate”.

To show the unprofessional and oppressive manner the police acted in this case, the police in a desperate effort to shield the woman’s daughter who is working with a sister agency, the NSCDC claimed that they received information about the incident through a radio message and that there is no complainant.

We call on the police to tell Nigerians who called them, the date and time they received the “radio message” and how they came to the conclusion that each of the eleven (11) persons they arrested, particularly the five (5) staff of Motion Studios were the persons who molested the aged woman?. The police should exaplain to the public how they came about the charge of “Conspiracy” and “Attempted Murder”? Who conspired with who and who attempted to murder who?

It is indeed an unprecedented record that our own Nigeria Police Force was able to conclude investigation into an alleged case of “attempted murder” within 48 hours of the alleged crime. Nobody is deceived by this despicable and condemnable show of force. Nigerians are too familiar with the police and their modus operandi to be cajoled.

It is a sad commentary that at a time the federal government is seeking ways to decongest our prisons, innocent and poor Nigerians have been sent to the Uyo Prisons over what they know nothing about simply because we have a police force that has no respect for human rights and a complacent judicial system.

We at COHRD condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the police against these innocent citizens. We urge the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police to withdraw the trump-up charge against the innocent citizens and go after those who allegedly assaulted the aged woman.

We call on the Inspector General of Police to look into this matter and bring any officer found to have acted criminally, illegally and or in an unprofessional manner to justice.

While we empathise with the aged woman and wish her a smooth recuperation, we totally reject the unjustifiable actions taken against those who from all indications are innocent of the crime. The police cannot use the court as a shield to cover their wrongful actions in this case. The police should not be seen to be using oppressive and illegal means to fight crime.

Injury to one, is injury to all.

Thank you.

Inibehe Effiong, Esq.

Convener, Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD).

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Behold The Wonders At Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo

Godwin Akpan
The presenter of the programme FOR THE LOVE OF NIGERIA, on Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation,(AKBC)whose main focus is highlighting all round development in the country for Nigerians, beamed its search light to the 20th Anniversary Hospital, located in Itam LGA, Akwa Ibom State.
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The Ibom Multi-specialist Hospital has some of the world best manpower, deployed to run both administrative and medical proceedings.
The managing director is the renowned medical expert, Dr. Yemi Johnson, a Nigerian. Others are:
Dr. EAPEN KOSHY, the Chief Plastic Surgeon, whose medical practice spanned India, USA, UK Saudi Arabia and now, Nigeria. Dr. Koshy was trained in India and the UK. Dr. Koshy has 22 Original Publications in the British Journal of Plastic Surgery-BJP, and authored a book: Beyond Modern Medicine. Dr. Koshy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is from South India and has 30years of Medical practice.
GREGORY JOHN VIYANI is the Executive Director, ISH. A Chartered Accountant by profession. has been involved in Hospital management for  over 20years.
Viyani has managed hospitals in India, UAE, Abu Dhabi and now Nigeria. He is from South India.
PAUL ROBIN is the Chief Operating Officer ISH. Robin is from South India and was in charge of the biggest hospital in Chennai, India. He has over 20years experience in hospital management.
Now the big deal:
Professor Nicholas Dousis is from Athens, Greece. He is a renowned academic and has businesses in various parts of Europe. Prof. Dousis was in Nigeria for a business trip in Lagos. He decided to visit the ISP upon hearing that the renowned Surgeon, Dr. KOSHY is now at the ISP. When he saw the state-of-the-art facilities in the hospital, Prof. DOUSIS decided his Ober Hanger (fallen belly), as a result of Obesity should be operated forthwith. And on the 13 of January at exactly 10.30 am, Prof. DOUSIS was successfully operated. His operation lasted for 55minutes. 48hours later, here is Prof. DOUSIS and Dr. KOSHY having an interview with GODWIN AKPAN, Presenter, FOR THE LOVE OF NIGERIA.
According to Prof. “This is the best Surgery I have had in my life. I have done three surgeries before in Europe, but let me tell you Godwin, this is the best I have had. This country has been positioned as the best medical tourist destination for Africa and the world. If I had the slightest of doubt in the facilities here and the manpower, I wouldn’t have risked my life trying to carry out the surgery here. Nigerians and Africa should thanks Mr. GODSWILL AKPABIO for his vision.
Earlier, Mr. UWEM AKPAN JOHNSON, a Port Harcourt based Akwa Ibom born, had his medical issues resolved at the ISH. Uwen was billed to be flown to India for his surgical operations, but was constrained by finance. His marriage plans were postponed because according to him “he was ashamed of the embarrassing skin growth known as Large Bilateral Keloid.
We had made plans to fly to India for the operation,but my brother, money was the major setback. We were advised to try the Ibom Multi-specialist Hospital. When we got there, we discovered that it was possible to have my operations there. I was booked for operation and it was successfully carried out. Look at me today, I am a brand-new man. We have fixed our wedding date for February second week”.
The Executive Director, Gregory John Viyani, said 50% discount has been set aside for all Akwa Ibom State indigenes.
Watch out as we bring you the full interview before and after the operations on the programme FOR THE LOVE OF NIGERIA on Tuesday January 19th, by 11 am on AKBC. With your host, Godwin Akpan.
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Equipment Shown During Commissioning Of Uyo “World Class” Hospital Rented – Former Commisioner

FORMER Akwa Ibom State health commissioner Dr Emem Bassey has dismissed suggestions that the state has a modern functioning hospital claiming that the facilities shown to the media by ex-governor Godswill Akpabio were hired for the day.

Governor Akpabio is currently receiving treatment in a private London hospital after being involved in a car accident in Abuja. However, his being flown abroad has attracted a lot of criticism as the governor was supposed to have built a world class hospital in Uyo equipped with modern medical facilities.

During the opening of the hospital, Governor Akpabio said the idea behind it was to arrest capital flight and prevent Nigerians going abroad for medical treatment. Commonly referred to as medical tourism, thousands of Nigeria’s elite fly to Europe, India and the Americas for medical treatment, costing millions of dollars.

However, Dr Bassey said the hospital Governor Akpabio built in Uyo was nowhere near ready and the equipment paraded in television during its commissioning was rented for the day. He added that he does not know the whereabouts of the over N101bn budgeted by the Akpabio-led administration for the procurement of open-heart surgery and other high-tech equipment for the hospital.

READ: FLASHBACK: What Akpabio Said While Commissioning Akwa-Ibom “World Class” Hospital in Uyo

Dr Bassey said the clarification became necessary in view of the erroneous report being circulated by some people meant to smear his reputation that he was the one who advised the government against buying equipment. Christened the 21st Anniversary Hospital, the Uyo medical facility was portrayed as one that would employ specialists in several areas and offer treatment currently not available in Nigeria.

“For the avoidance of doubt, that equipment that was paraded on the day of the commissioning was actually rented by the government that I was a part of. However, whoever sponsored the publication like I have read in some national dailies that I was the sole person that advised my former boss, His Excellency Chief Godswill Akpabio from making the actual purchase of the equipment, is a huge liar.

“I want you to hear me and hear me loud and clear that at no point did I make such a recommendation. The actual procurement for the surgical equipment and other hospital deliverables was meant to be handled directly by the ministry of special duties, which was headed at that time by my brother and colleague-in-service, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem,” Dr Bassey added.

He conceded that he was part of the team that went to Germany, Cuba, India and other countries with the consultants drafted in by the government to take stock of the latest equipment that would be needed in the hospital. However, according to Dr Bassey, in the wake of the electioneering, Governor Akpabio ordered that they put the preparation for the trip to procure the equipment on hold.

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The Death Zone Called University Of Uyo Teaching Hospital, By Inibehe Effiong

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