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250m security vote: I am not on the run – Nsibiet John

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L-R: Nsibiet John, Moses Ekpo

Editor of THE INK newspaper, Mr. Nsibiet John has debunked recent reports making the rounds in the state, claiming he has been on the run due to a news story that was published in his newspaper recently.

The young and fearless editor dismissed the rumours when he visited the newsroom of THEMAIL NEWSPAPER on Monday to discuss issues affecting media practice in the state.

It will be recalled that THE INK Newspaper had published a story alleging that Mr. Moses Ekpo, the Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor goes home with a whopping sum 250M naira monthly as Security Vote. The story is said to have unsettled the aged Deputy Governor who allegedly engaged Security agencies to stalk and arrest the bold journalist.

THE INK boss stated that he had no reason to abscond as speculated in some quarters, while adding that he has been trying to meet up with his usual responsibilities for the past few weeks while stressing that he still eat his meals in his usual restaurant, worships in his church, the Qua Ibo Church, visit relaxation centres despite the alleged attack on him and his staff members by the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo. He said he would not have done those things if he was truly on the run as speculated.

“I am aware of the moves by either the Deputy Governor Mr. Moses Ekpo and or his protégés against not only myself but members of the Staff of the THEINK Newspaper. But I can assure you that such moves will fail, we are not bothered”, Mr. John said.

Investigations by our reporter revealed that security agents on not less than three occasions have trailed the Eket-born Journalist but their moves to arrest him have been futile. Their unsuccessful attempts to make the arrest had led to the security agents alleging that Mr. Nsibiet is on the run.

The former Editor-in-Chief of Community Pulse Newspaper (now Nigerian Pulse), while responding to a question posed by our reporter about a news story that went viral few weeks ago about unsuccessful attempts to assassinate him, the Editor confirmed the ugly incidence and said he has noticed unusual atmosphere around him but that he is not perturbed as he believes that the pressure on him is one of those things anyone in his business line (Journalism) should face.

Mr. Nsibiet John further added that the position of THEINK Newspaper is that aggrieved parties should seek redress in court rather resort to intimidation.

“Our position is that, we stand fully on our story, we urge aggrieved parties to approach the court and we shall respond accordingly. The antics applied by Mr Ekpo are very primitive and unfortunate. But in any case, we in THEINK are unshakable. Let the security agencies detailed to illegally pick us inform us properly rather than hide under the coverage of I have business, News or advert for you. It won’t work”, Nsibiet added.
The courageous Editor commended Senior Citizens, Colleagues, especially the Chancellor of Coalition of Online Publishers in Akwa Ibom (COOPA), Mr. Ifreke Nseowo, other online publishers and influencers, friends and many others who in one way or the other contributed towards the awareness that developed while the onslaught against him lasted. He enjoined all those who have been calling him to bring money to settle the issue to stop their embarrassing act.

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