The Senator representing Uyo in the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Albert, was released on Wednesday from the isolation facility of Ikot Ekpene Correctional Center after receiving a clean bill of health.
In accordance with prison protocols, each new inmate is usually quarantined in the holding area for 14 days until he is medically fit to socialize with other inmates.
Senator Albert is said to have been in good spirits when he was transferred to the main prison.
“For someone who will be spending several years with us, it is always necessary to ensure that he is in good health to avoid being a parent causing an infectious disease among inmates,” a prison staffer told our reporter.
He said most people couldn’t see the senator earlier because he was isolated from the public. “The quarantine is not only for Covid-19 but for every other contagious and life-threatening disease and prison officials were happy that the Uyo senator is in excellent health.”
OBA has been released from the isolation facility and can now play and interact with other inmates.
Built by the administration of Chief Godswill Akpabio, the Ikot Ekpene Custodial Facility has many recreational facilities and skill acquisition equipment that the Senator should engage in as he strives to look his best after completing his upcoming sentence.
A Federal Court in Akwa Ibom State sentenced Senator, Senator Bassey Akpan, to 42 years in prison for corruption.
Akpan, who is also a gubernatorial candidate for the state’s Young Progressive Party (YPP), has been prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He was convicted by Federal Supreme Court Justice Agatha Okeke on six counts bordering on money laundering and obtaining exotic cars worth N204 million.
Akpan, commonly known as OBA, was taken to Ikot Ekpene Correctional Center in Akwa Ibom State where he is expected to serve his sentence.
During the trial, defense attorney Solomon Umoh (SAN) asked for leniency from the court as the convict had a young wife and children to support. He also asked the court to mercifully manipulate the judicial system by offering an option for a fine. However, the EFCC disagreed, citing the statutory power to persuade the court not to award a fine as an option, especially as the court did not opt for the maximum penalty.
Akpan was charged with corruption by the Anti-Corruption Agency of Uyo Federal Court on June 24, 2019.
The lawmaker was accused of receiving a BMW X5 (bulletproof) worth 50 million naira from Jide Omokore in December 2012 and another Infinity QX 56 (bulletproof) worth 45 million Naira was also obtained from the same source.
Also, he reportedly received a Toyota Landcruiser V8 (bulletproof) worth N40 million in November 2013 and a Range Rover SUV worth N40 million in March 2014; In September 2014, the businessman received another Toyota Hiace high roof bus worth N27 million.
Someone’s rights are clearly being violated and ignored by the law, which has resulted in wrongful torture and imprisonment for their lifetime. The reason the law has refused to respect people is that they don’t have the power
I’m sure you’ve heard of the infamous “no child left askew” line from Alice in Wonderland; it’s also known as a principle of law called the common good. This means that the right thing to do is to preserve order and harmony within our society, regardless of how unpopular or unpopular it might seem. This is a difficult concept for us to grasp in today’s world, where people are criticized for doing things that are said to be bad or harmful to others. However, the truth is that everyone loses if there is an imbalance between justice and order – we could all benefit greatly by following this principle and treating each other fairly
The law is a system for the regulation of human conduct. In many societies, the law is considered to be a social contract between individuals (and more recently, groups) and the community in which they live. The state also plays an important role in the enforcement of laws.
The reason law has refused to respect people is that they don’t want to give anyone freedom. They want to control themselves even though they can’t handle their own freedom. It’s like when you’re in a car and there’s a policeman. He says to take off your seat belt but you won’t because then you’d be losing your freedom and it would be against traffic laws to make you take off your seat belt. But then the policeman says ok, if you want so bad enough to follow the law, then I’ll go against my main duty which is to protect you from the traffic laws that would otherwise make the car fall through.
Anyone can be affected by a wrong or a crime. A person should have the full rights and protections of the law in such situations, regardless of the circumstances. This is the reason why we have laws, to allow persons to be protected from abuses of power and for their basic needs to be met so that they can live with dignity.
However, the Nigerians are not very happy with what is happening. They have become indignant, disgusted, and angry at the turn of events in this country. Some have called on the law to have a look at what was done and make sure that justice is delivered to everyone. There seems to be a general feeling that this government is determined to get rid of all those with who it didn’t agree with
The law is an area of human activity which has been found to be a useful tool for the resolution of issues. The use of the law means that an individual/party can apply it to solve problems rather than resorting to violence which carries with it high risks and consequences.
Senator Bassey Akpan’s case highlights the court’s need to look beyond issues relating only to wrongdoing and consider other factors such as the fact whether or not there are legal hurdles in his way.
Senator Bassey Albert Akpan was born on October 28, 1972, into the family of Chief Albert Robert Akpan, a successful businessman, prominent politician, and philanthropist, in the village of Ididep Usuk, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.
He is a grassroots politician who represented the North Eastern Senate District of Akwa Ibom in the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He previously served as Treasury Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2014.
He was elected to the Senate in March 2015 under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform and re-elected in February 2019 to represent Akwa Ibom North East Senate District in the 9th Senate.
Senator Albert began his secondary education at St. Patrick’s College in Calabar before transferring to Uyo University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (second class upper division). To further pursue academic excellence, he holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He began his professional career in 1997 when he joined the International Operations and Consumer Banking / Retail Banking unit of the United Bank for Africa (UBA). In 1999, he became Manager, of the Corporate Banking Group at Continental Trust Bank on Victoria Island Lagos, the bank’s headquarters. He then joined First Inland Bank Plc in 2003 as Uyo Branch Manager where he won the award for the Bank’s Best Branch Manager in the South-South Region. He also won the Best Performing Branch Manager Award in the country in the bank’s mid-term review of FY 2004. 
In 2005, he joined First City Monument Bank as an assistant vice president, where he served as managing director of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States. He was responsible for leading and overseeing the day-to-day operations of more than 15 branches throughout the zone and, as zone head, formulated and developed key strategies for the bank’s market penetration, sustainable market shares, and growth. ]
In 2007, when the call for public service came through his appointment as a commissioner on the executive council of the Akwa Ibom state government, he accepted and had the Ministry of Finance lead.
With his extensive banking experience and background as an economist, he was able to grow the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to N15.6 billion in the last quarter of 2013.
He also served as chairman of the Interministerial Direct Labor Coordinating Committee, whose job was to ensure that government projects were completed using direct labor to save money for the state. He has ensured the successful completion of more than 6,000 high-impact projects in the health and education sectors, as well as in rural development and human capital development.
In April 2009, Albert chaired the first Akwa Ibom State Revenue Summit. The summit, themed: “Maximizing Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Potentials in Akwa Ibom State – A Collective Responsibility” brought together stakeholders from different socio-economic sectors in the state and was organized as part of strategic efforts to drive internally generated revenue (IGR). ) of the state.
He was instrumental in negotiations between the State and Standard Chartered Bank for approval of a £325.24 million loan to carry out projects in the State
In 2014, Senator Albert declared his intention to run for Governor of Akwa Ibom State. Although he was a frontline candidate, as a loyal party man he chose to abide by his party’s Area Policy (PDP), which paved the way for Eket Senate District to produce Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel as Governor of the State. He fought for and won the Senate seat under the PDP and was sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on June 9, 2015.
Albert was sworn in as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on June 9, 2015.
Albert distinguished himself by his character and his performance in the Senate, supporting several bills, motions, petitions, and other matters of strategic importance, despite the fact that he was in office for the first time.
He presented a motion on the Senate floor to investigate the state of the Ikot Ekpene – Itu – Calabar highway, which had been abandoned for years and was in a state of disrepair. This prompted the senate to set up a commission of which he was a member.
On October 12, 2015, his election was confirmed by the Court of Appeal, which confirmed him as a senator representing the northeastern senatorial district of Akwa Ibom. He was also appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Gas Resources by the eighth Senate President, Bukola Saraki. His committee rejected a proposal of N200 million in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources budget for the preparation of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The committee also rejected a request to award N200 million for Nigeria’s gas master plan review, describing it as unnecessary.
He chaired the Senate Gas Resources Committee whose contribution to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas sector cannot be underestimated, one of which is the Gas Flaring Penalty and Prohibition Bill recently passed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Niger. He was disqualified from the Senate on February 27, 2017, by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which invalidated his election to the Senate.
On November 30, 2017, after several investigations and hearings, the Calabar Court of Appeals overturned the ruling of the Uyo Federal Supreme Court and declared Albert the winner of the primary election held in December 2014. In May 2016, Senator Albert initiated a university scholarship program that has so far benefited 381 students of Akwa Ibom state descent. The scholarship covers the entire tuition and maintenance allowance for the beneficiary’s program. As of the start of the 2019/2020 academic session, 114 have successfully graduated and obtained a diploma, while 267 are still pursuing their respective programs in various higher education institutions across Nigeria.
His unprecedented performance during his first term prompted the population of the Uyo Senatorial District (Akwa Ibom northeast) to vote overwhelmingly for him in the 2019 general election to return to the National Assembly as a Senator from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the IX Senate, he was nominated by the IX President of the Senate H.E. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.