Former Governor Archibong for burial Friday


By: Patrick Titus, Uyo.
The remains of a one-time Military Governor of old Cross River State, Navy Captain Edet Akpan Archibong, rtd., who died on October 12, 2015 would be laid to rest on Friday after a funeral service at the Community Secondary Commercial School, Ibiaku Itam in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
Announcing the burial arrangements for the late former governor, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah said, the late Navy Captain would be accorded full state burial.
Accordingly, the Commissioner said that a mouning house was opened on Sunday February 14, at the deceased residence in Itu, and would be followed by a Night of Songs on Thursday, February 18.
On Friday, February 19, Mr. Umanah indicated that there would be Lying in-state by 8am and 10:00am at the deceased residence and at the Executive Council Chambers of the governor’s office in Uyo, respectively.
Inviting all Akwa Ibom citizens and other well meaning Nigerians to be part of the funeral service at the Community Secondary Commercial School, Ibiaku Itam, along Calabar – Itu Road, the Commissioner said it would be a mark of honour to accord the departed hero, a befitting farewell.
The late Navy Captain served as the Military Governor of the old Cross River State under the regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), from January to May 1984.
On retirement, Edet Akpan Archibong was conferred with the traditional title of Okuku.
The late patriot, statesman and community leader was also a devout Christian who fellowship with World Missionary Church, African Communion, Uyo.


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