A pro-democracy group, Akwa Ibom Democratic Initiative (AIDI) has said Governor Udom Emmanuel had no hand in the arrest and detention of a social media writer, Mr. Michael Itok, who was detained by the DSS.
In a recent statement, the convener of the group, Obong Henry Akpan said Itok’s case is a criminal one and anybody accusing Udom Emmanuel is responsible should focus on getting lawyers to defend Itok rather than making malicious statements in the media against an innocent man.
The statement said Michael Itok was simply jailed by the security after several malicious publications made by him on social media against the Governor.
It read, “Michael Itok was fished out by the security agencies and interrogated and he, without duress admitted and confessed to being the author of the malicious and libellous materials and was duly detained by the appropriate law enforcement agencies. He is being prosecuted accordingly.”
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Udom Gabriel Emmanuel (born 11 July 1966) is the governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, in office since 29 May 2015. He ran successfully for the office of governor in the April 2015 elections on the platform of Akwa Ibom State People’s Democratic Party. He was re-elected as the governor of Akwa Ibom State on the 29th of May, 2019.
Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was born on July 11, 1966, into the family of Ette Teacher Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang, a native of Awa Iman in Onna Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He rose from being a Sunday school leader at United Evangelical Church (QIC) (formerly Qua Iboe Church) to become a bank director. Emmanuel and his family are strong members of United Evangelical Church (QIC), Nigeria.
Emmanuel served as an audit manager of Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He served as chief financial officer of Zenith Bank Plc.
Emmanuel is married to Martha Udom Emmanuel. Udom Emmanuel’s father, Ette Teacher Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang, was a native of Awa Iman in Onna Local Government, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Mr. G. E. Nkanang was an educator, a Head Master and teacher. The Udom’s are Christians. Udom Emmanuel is a serving Deacon and they are altogether very active in the faith. He is a Christian of the United Evangelical Church (QIC) (formerly Qua Iboe Church) faith.