The attention of the Senior Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom State Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Elder Ufot Ebong, has been drawn to newspaper and social media publications of ‘delinquent debtors’ by Akwa Savings and Loans Limited, caption “Akwa Savings and Loans Limited: List of Delinquent Debtors” accusing the Governor’s Aide through the Akwa Ibom State Scrabble’s Association of owing the bank a loan of N12,208,015.47.
It is important to state categorically that Elder Ufot Ebong NEVER obtained any loan from Akwa Savings either in person or in representative capacity and has thereby instructed his lawyers to bring to the notice of the bank the following:
- That during Elder Bob Okoridem’s Chairmanship of the Board of Akwa Ibom State Scrabble Association, Elder Ebong was a staff of Shell Petroleum Company and had absolutely nothing to do with any loans collected from the bank by any means whatsoever, whether personally or as representing the Association.
- That Bob Okoridem handed over to Pastor Umoh Bassey in 2012 and there was absolutely nothing, to Ufot Ebong’s knowledge, in the handover notes to show that the Association was indebted to Akwa Savings and Loans Limited in any way. Since the collection of the alleged loan, if any, it was not for or on behalf of the Association, as such collection of loan had never been approved by the Board.
- That Elder Ufot Ebong took over from Pastor Umoh Bassey, as chairman of the Board, in 2015 without any liabilities whatsoever, and to Akwa Savings in Particular.
- That in 2018, a new Board was put in place, though yet to be formally inaugurated, with Dr. Iniobong Essien as the Chairman.
- That while as the Chairman of the Scrabble Board, he (Ufot Ebong) was never a signatory to the Association’s account domiciled with Akwa Savings and Loans Limited and to that extent, never had any transaction with the bank.
Elder Ebong challenges the Akwa Savings and Loans Limited to bring forth any document or documents of the purported loan made and signed by Elder Ebong and has instructed his lawyers to write to the bank and demand for:
- An open apology published in a widely read national daily and a state newspaper.
- The immediate removal of his name from the list of “delinquent debtors” earlier published by the bank.
- The sum of Five Hundred Million Naira (N500,000,000.00) only as damages for the insensitive defamation and injury of Elder Ufot Ebong’s character through their publications which have gone viral.
(Media Aide to SSA)