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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

Popular Calabar Medical Doctor Accused Of Sexually Molesting A 15-year-old Girl

Dr. Samuel

The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mount Zion Medical Centre, located in Calabar South, Cross River State, Dr. Idem Etuk Samuel has been accused sexually molesting a child (names withheld) in the hospital's consulting room. 

In a petition written by a non-governmental organization, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) and signed by the principal counsel, James Ibor, Esq, the doctor was accused of fondling the girl's breast while moaning.

The petition which was addressed to the Cross River State Commissioner of Police and seen by GRASSROOT REPORTERS, read in part:

"We received a report from our client in the company of her mother in our office on the 3 day of November 2021. Our clent recounted her ordeal at Mount Zion Medical Centre situated at No. 36/38 off Yellow Duke, Calabar South which began on the 22 day of October 2021 when she was admitted as a patient in the hospital. 

"According to our client, Dr. Idem led her into his consulting room and instructed her to totally undress, but when she hesitated, he insisted and said that all doctors who examine or check a patient with difficulty in breathing require the patient to fuly undress for proper examination. He then assisted her to pull down her clothing.

" He thereafter placed a stethoscope on her bare chest severally, and after a few
minutes dropped it and leaned his weight on her and started groping her breast while
moaning. The assault continued through the three days she was on admission in the

We have video, audio and screen shots evidence that can support your
investigation." The petition read.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

November 14, 2021

Ayade visits First Senate President Joseph Wayas in a UK Hospital; Assures He will be back home soon, God willing

The Governor of Cross River state, Sen Ben Ayade has paid a visit to an ElderStates man and First Senate President of Nigeria Sen. Joseph Wayas in a Hospital in UK, the Governor who was Represented by the Honorable Comissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu has expressed satisfaction at the level of care which the senate President is receiving at the hospital and his speed of recovery. He expressed optimism that Senator Wayas who was looking strong and stable will soon be discharged and allowed to return back to Nigeria where his contributions to nation building, his wealth of experience and advisory role is much needed.

It would be recalled that over the last one year the Governor Sen. Ben Ayade had taken keen interest in the health and welfare of a very illustrious son from Cross River State Sen Wayas who did us proud in the first senate and had continued to play strong roles in nation building before he took ill last year. The Governor has been sending financial support to the family to nurse him back to good health as well as support to some of his personal welfare needs which would have otherwise put pressure on the family.

The Commissioner for Health Dr Betta Edu who visited alongside the DG Primary Health care Development Agency Dr Ekpenyong after discussions with tne Health team at the hospital, thanked them for their commitment to his quick recovery while discussing plans for his movement out of the hospital to Nigeria where is can feel the love and support of friends and family as he continues to age happily. 

The family sent their immense gratitude to the Governor Sen Ben Ayade for his continuous support to the upkeep of their Father noting that his support has gone a long way to elongate the life of their father. The further requested the state to assist their father get back to Nigeria upon discharge, which the Governor has graciously granted approval.


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

November 03, 2021

20 Yahoo Boys Arrested In Calabar


The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has arrested 20 suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement said the suspects were arrested at three different locations in Calabar, Cross River state on Tuesday.

He said while some were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, others were arrested at Ikot Ene Obong 8 miles and Ekorimim Housing Extension.

The suspects are: Sylvester Lucky, a 30-year- old car dealer from Yala LGA of Cross River State; Samuel Uwanikone, 20, from Sapele in Delta State; Samuel Olofu, 21, from Benue State; Christopher Apuya, 20, from Obudu LGA of Cross River State; Esiso Mathew, 22, from Sapele in Delta State; Eyare Ernest, 20, from Boki LGA of Cross River State; Pedro Nsokedinam, 25, from Ukanafun LGA of Akwa Ibom State; Chimemma Mathew, 21,,fashion designer from Awka in Anambra State; Chukwudubem Chukwunewubze, 21, from Nnewi LGA of Anambra State and Chima Okeukwu, 20, from Oru west L. G.A in Imo State.

Others are: Jisu Ojocule, 20, from Ibaji in Kogi State; Michael Jonah, 25, from Uyo LGA of Akwa Ibom State; Daniel Lukpata, 25, from Yala LGA of Cross River State; Dickson Elvis, 24, from Oghara in Delta State; Valentine Eshuru, 24, from Ogoja LGA of Cross River State; Sunday Henry,23, from Akwa Ibom State; Kanu Obinna, 32, from Arondizuogu in Imo State; Agbedia Blessing, 23, from Delta State, Edet Obase, 25, from Yakurr LGA of Cross River State and Emenonye Kelechi, 36 years old car dealer and indigene of Bende in Abia State

“At the time of their arrest, the following items were recovered from them: Two Mercedes Benz C300, a Lexus 300 Saloon car, a Toyota Corolla Car and Two Toyota Camry cars (Spider). Over ten Laptops, several mobile phones and wrist watches were also recovered from them.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed,” he said

Friday, October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Woman Arrested For Selling Her 3-month Old Baby For N150k In Calabar, Armed Robbers Nabbed While Robbing


Ikechukwu Uche (Vanguard)

The Cross River State Police Command has neutralized a kidnap syndicate, gun-running gang while parading a mother of three for selling her three-month-old baby.

Briefing journalists on the achievement of the Command, the Commissioner of Police, CP Aminu Alhassan said his men were ready to smoke pit criminals from the state as no stone would be left unturned in policing the state.

He disclosed that a tactical team of Anti Kidnapping & Cultism Squad, AKCS led SP Awodi has been ahead of the criminals following various successes recorded by the squad.

According to him, four notorious kidnapping / Armed Robbery suspects were bursted by AKCS based on a distress call while they were robbing residents of Intergro at 8 miles, Calabar

“Upon receiving the call, the Dragon Squad led by SP Awodi swung into action, by swiftly moving to the scene, The hoodlums on sighting them opened fire. There was a gun duel which left the suspect injured, four were arrested including 19-year-old Samuel Ejeje.

“They confessed to being members of Skylo Confraternity and they have been terrorizing resident of 8 miles, Ikot Effanga, Ikot Ishie and it’s environs, We are on their trails as efforts are on towards the recovery of (3) AK 47 rifles they claim they have,” Aminu said.

Speaking further he said one Kingsley Mbaku was apprehended based on intelligence that transport locally made AK 47 and moves them to Cameroon.

“We recovered a locally fabricated AK 47 with 200 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, we also arrested a mother who sold her three months old baby for 150,000 naira amongst others,” he said.

He explained that 30 suspects were arrested within the period under review while a Camry, a bus,3 motorcycles,18 phones, wraps of Indian hemp were recovered.

CP Aminu appealed to Cross Riverians and Nigerians at large that lawlessness or self-help cannot proffer solution in any enlightened society but seeking legal redress in settling was more profitable.

“It is on this premise that I advise CrossRiverians to be calm, focused, and go about their legitimate business, as the police Command will never relent in tackling and providing robust security architecture for the citizenry at all times as required by law,” he stated.

Funding by Vanguard further revealed that a car snatching syndicate also paraded have been terrorizing residents of Calabar metropolis for long, were also apprehended.

Vanguard gathered that they specialize in carjacking especially from church premises, they dismantle the engine within 30 minutes as they steal the cars.

On her part, Esther Okon a 23-year-old mother of three told Vanguard that she had to sell her 3months old baby for 150,000 in a bid to pay her house rent and foot other bills.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

Strike: "We Have Met Your Demands", C'River Govt Insists, Chides Labour For Failing To Attend Meeting

Prof. Ivara Esu


The Cross River state government has faulted Organised Labour's insistence on industrial action despite meeting their demands.

The labour union listed their demands to include “payment of gratuities to our retirees of both state and local government, pending since 2014 and 2012 for state and local government retirees, respectively, remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, full implementation of the minimum wage, implementation of promotion arrears, and reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from payroll”.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Ivara Esu who spoke at a scheduled meeting with labour leaders, which they failed to show up,  decried their belligerant posture, wondering why they failed to keep to their part of the agreement with government.

The Deputy Governor also condemned labour's failure to turn up for the meeting and their resort to locking up government offices.

"We called those who signed this document to come for a meeting with us. Not necessarily for negotiations but at least let us hear who they represent, and perhaps what they are about.

"Though organized labour is not known to law in terms of issues between employer and employee, they signed this document and we invited them for a meeting and we have been waiting here not even one of them has shown up", the evidently upset Processor Esu said.

Enumerating governmet's efforts at fulfiling its agreement with labour, the Deputy Governor disclosed  that "the implementation of promotion of workers has just been approved by His Excellency, the Governor to commence in phases and even as we speak in the last salary payment, this was implemented.

"In terms of remittances from workers salaries, the Governor has also approved four months and that three months be made ready in the first instance and these things are verifiable and these guys are not aware, they don't ask questions, they just wake up to declare a strike"

Continuing, Professor Ejemut said: "I must say the practice of locking government offices and preventing people who want to work in having access is unacceptable.”

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

9 Yahoo Boys Convicted In Calabar


The Federal High Court in Calabar, Cross River State, has convicted nine Internet fraudsters.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement said the convicts, who pleaded guilty, were sentenced to six months imprisonment with only two of them given an option of N200,000 fine each on Monday.

According to the EFCC’s statement issued by the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, on Tuesday, the judge, Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie, ordered the defendants to make restitution to their victims and forfeit various items to the federal government.

The convicts, according to the agency, were part of the 21 ‘yahoo-boys’ arrested on Wednesday September 29, by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC in a special operation at the World Bank Estate in Umuahia, Abia State.

The judge also convicted two other suspects- Folashade Adeyemi and Asuquo Edet- for currency counterfeiting and illegal dealing in petroleum products, the commission also said.

Read EFCC’s full statement

EFCC Press Release

Court Convicts Nine ‘Yahoo Boys’, Two Others in Calabar

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Uyo Zonal Command on Monday October 11, 2021 secured the conviction of nine internet fraudsters before Justice Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie of the Federal High Court Calabar, Cross River State. They pleaded guilty to a one count charge bordering on cybercrime.

In view of their guilty pleas, the prosecuting counsel, Soares Adebayo prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants.

But the defence counsel Innocent Eze S. N. Nweke Jr pleaded for leniency on the grounds that they were first time offenders.

After listening to both counsel, Justice Oghoghorie convicted and sentenced all the defendants to six months imprisonment each. While Obioma ThankGod (alias Oliver Kudson) and Azubuine Chikwado were given the option of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000) fine each, the others had no option of fine.

The defendants were equally ordered to make restitution to their victims and forfeit various items to the Federal Government.

Okechukwu Caleb (aka Richard Kudson, Oliver Smith Madison) who defrauded one Maria Zamora of the sum of One Thousand United State Dollars ($1000) was ordered to restitute the sum of One Million Naira(N1,000,000) to his victim through the EFCC, while Christopher Clinton, Chinaka McDonald, Okoye Chukwubunna, Ogugua Chukwuebuka and Egbulefu Promise were ordered to forfeit a Lexus car with Reg. No.UNG 956 KU, iPhone 7, Nokia phone and HP2, Toyota car, iPhone 11 and a Toyota Camry , and mobile gadgets recovered from them respectively, to the Federal Government if confirmed to belong to them. Otherwise, they should be returned to their owners.

The convicts were part of the 21 ‘yahoo-boys’ arrested on Wednesday September 29, 2021 by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC in a special operation at the World Bank Estate in Umuahia, Abia State.

October 12, 2021

15 Kidnappers, Armed Robbers With AK47 Rifles Arrested In Cross River

File photo

 By Obio Monday

The Cross River State Police Command have nabbed no fewer than  15 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police in the State,  AIhassan Aminu, in Calabar, on Monday, stating that the suspects were arrested in their various hideouts at different locations and AK 47 rifles and pump-action cartridges were recovered.

CP Aminu further warned criminals to leave the state or be ready for baptism of fire.

Aminu said: “The command has mapped out strategies on how to chase out hoodlums terrorising the people. I have ordered my officers to comply with the IGP Usman Baba Aikali’s directive to carry out stop-and-search operations to restore peace to the state.

“I have warned all my officers to shun corruption and stop extorting money from members of the public. They need to imbibe community policing and apply professionalism when carrying out their duties. We will raid all the hideouts of criminals.”

He sought the support of other security agencies to end criminality in the state:

“I operate an open-door policy. We need the assistance of the public to give us useful information.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021

Winners of the just concluded De9ja Spirit Talent Hunt

About De9jaspirit talent hunt
De9jaSpirit Talent Hunt is a show organized to discover and showcase amazing talents in the country Nigeria.
Interested contestants applied online, thousands of applicants were auditioned online and only 50 persons were shortlisted.
The contest took place in Calabar, Crossriver state and shortlisted contestants camped in the city.

Contestants were encamped in Calabar for a period of one week while undergoing rehearsals.

As time went on, contestants were evicted till winners emerged on the 26th of September 2021. Below are the winners of the first edition of De9jaspirit talent hunt.

Ikebudu Emmanuel aka Comedian slim saint. He is a student of University of Nsuka. He is from Anambra state. He got the passion for speaking and making people laugh from his parents. He was given the sum of 2 million naira.

Chrysolites Crew. They are a group of orphans and less privileges kids in Ibadan. They are well known for dancing and creative display.
They were given the sum of 3 million naira.

Olatunde Constance, a native of Ekiti state but based in Lagos State.
She is awaiting admission but plans to go into the music career as her family are also musicians.
She is a talented singer/vocalist and she won the 10 million naira.

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