Mrs. Egbara

Mrs. Blessing Egbara, the Commissioner for Humanity and Social Welfare in Cross River State, was on Sunday evening, allegedly beaten by thugs led by a councillor representing Ekpashi Ward of Boki 2 constituency, Omang Theresa Fobe, over the sharing of palliatives donated by the Cross River State government to local communities in Boki.

According to Daily Trust, the incident happened when the commissioner went to distribute the palliatives to locals late in the evening.

The assault, according to the paper, was attributed to the issue of coordination in the sharing of the palliative, informed by bad feelings that wards and councillors were not taken into consideration in the exercise.

According to eyewitnesses’ account, the disagreement began when the councillor, Omang Theresa Fobe reportedly requested that the bags of palliatives be dropped at her compound so that she could carry out the distribution herself in the communities.

However, the commissioner instructed that the bags of food items could not be handed to any councillor to share individually but rather, she would carry out the distribution along with her team.

One of the witnesses said when the disagreement became heated, the commissioner ordered her team to return to their base and continue the distribution exercise the next day, when the beneficiaries would be available.

The witness said: “The councillor, Omang Theresa, got really furious with the idea of not handling the exercise herself, as she ordered thugs to block the road at about 9:40pm to stop the commissioner from leaving the community.

“It got heated as the thugs started beating the team members and took out their locally made rifles and threatened to shoot the team if they didn’t comply with Omang Theresa’s directives.”
Reacting, Omang denied that they manhandled the commissioner, adding that she and other stakeholders merely appealed to the commissioner to allow them to handle the distribution since it was very late.
“It is not true that we beat up the commissioner. We told her that it was late for her to distribute the palliatives in the night; that we can do that the following day. But she disagreed,” she said.

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