…Appears Pale, Battered And Dehydrated
After spending exactly 49 days in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), Michael Itok was today arraigned before the Chief Magistrates Court sitting in Uyo on a one count charge. The charge reads: “That you MICHAEL ITOK “M” and another now at large, sometimes in October, 2019 at 1000 units housing estate, Idu-Uruan, Uruan Local Government Area, within Uyo Magisterial District did constitute yourself into a nuisance by publishing damaging and annoying articles on your Facebook page with the aim of harassing, blackmailing and bringing to disrepute His Excellency, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and other staff of Akwa Ibom State Government House and thereby commits an offence punishable under Section 6(1)(f) of Akwa Ibom State Internal Security and Enforcement Law, 2009”.
It is now confirmed that Michael Itok has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since October 7, 2019 when he was trailed and whisked away by unidentified persons apparently on the orders of Governor Udom Emmanuel. Eye witness accounts have it that he was abducted from his office on Nwaniba road by men who came in a Hilux truck with Akwa Ibom registration number KPD 427 AA and ever since his whereabouts have been unknown. Enquiries to the Police, DSS and other security outfits had turned up negative responses, thus fueling rumours of his death at the time.
Michael Itok who was seen limping and bending forward in hand-cuffs was today smuggled into the Court premises at exactly 12.05pm in an unmarked, tinted, black Toyota Hilux truck with registration No. AG216UYY under heavy security.
Before the last elections, Michael Itok resigned his employment with Governor Udom as a steward at Government House and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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