Prince Ikim: Akwa Ibom Dictator Jails female journalist for taking photographs

The Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Waste Management Agency, Prince Ikim has reportedly jailed an Akwa Ibom based female journalist working with the post Newspaper, Mary Ekere for alleging taking photographs of event at Ibom Plaza.

Thugs working for Prince Ikim allegedly assaulted and beat Mary Ekere almost stripping her naked before dragging her into a waiting vehicle.

Prince Ikim who is widely known as a notorious dictator always claims that he works under the directive of the Wife of the Governor, Martha Udom Emmanuel whenever his thugs working in the name of task-force operators engaged in unwholesome activities.

The thugs are notorious in seizing goods belonging to innocent and poor traders in the state.

After throwing her into a waiting vehicle, they drove her to Sanitation Court, off Nkemba Street where a Magistrate who was not in court ordered her to be remanded in Prison custody.

After being granted bail by the court the following day, Prince Ikim insisted that Mary should be remanded in Uyo Central Prison.

Reacting to the incident, the father to the accused, Hon. Idongesit Ekere said he was shocked by the activities of Prince Ikim and his boys, describing it as an unfortunate.

He added, “We waited from morning till afternoon for the Magistrate, who came in the afternoon. When she was arraigned, she pleaded not guilty to those charges and was granted bail. They asked me to pay N10,000, which I did and filled the bail form they gave with my passport. The court guy said he was coming to inspect my house, but later came to tell me that Mary will not be released today again as promised that the Magistrate had gone without signing the bail form. So Mary was taken back to prison custody. I took food to give to her at the prison, but they denied me access to her. They said I should give money that they will give her to buy food, which I did. So she is still in the prison,” he said.

Meanwhile, attempt by chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in the State, Comrade Amos Etuk appealling to Prince Ikim were turned down.

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