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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

FG To Seek For $11bn Loan To Construct Lagos-Calabar Rail Line — Minister

By Dirisu Yakubu

 Minister of  Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, said, yesterday, that the Federal Government was set to apply for a $11billion  loan to construct Lagos to Calabar rail.

Amaechi made the disclosur y during an interactive session with the South-East and South-South Professionals of Nigeria, SESSPN, in Lagos.

The group had taken advantage of the Minister’s presence in Lagos to hold talks with him on challenges facing the regions, particularly in the areas of security, power, social integration and representation in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Amaechi on why railway work was yet to commence in the South-East, said, “I hate tribalism. I’ve said this before. For me, I’m a Nigerian, and what informs my decision of choosing which rail line to construct at any point in time, is the economics of rail; and currently,  the economics shows that Lagos to Kano has the capacity to move 30 million tonnes of cargo per year.

“I did same analysis for Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail line and it’s 11 million tonnes. We are currently doing the analysis for Lagos to Calabar to know how many tonnes of cargo can be moved there per year. So, we started with the Lagos to Kano rail line. President Olusegun Obasanjo approved it, President Jonathan started construction on it by doing Abuja to Kaduna and President Buhari told us to complete all previous projects.

“Now, we are applying for $11billion loan to construct Lagos to Calabar rail. There was no design for Port Harcourt-Maiduguri. We knew that the first thing to do was to commence a feasibility study, after that, we’ll do the design. It’s now they’ll start to do the site drawing. In the next three months, they will be doing that, you’ll start shouting again: why are they not constructing? You forget that Ibadan to Kano, they are just finishing the design now, that’s why they’ve not started construction.

“The President told us that all rail lines in Nigeria must be standard gauge. So, we did a standard gauge design for the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line. We went to Bonny to do the study and we did that study up to Maiduguri. I did a feasibility study that brought it between $14 billion to $11 billion.

“When we finished, we got approval from the President, but I realised that we may not get the money in this government. I changed my course, and I said, while we are looking for money for the standard gauge for Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, let me ask for money to reconstruct the narrow-gauge at $3.1 billion. And the President after much argument, accepted. After sometime, he agreed, that we can proceed with the narrow-gauge, while seeking money to construct the standard gauge”.

“At least, I’m sure that before we leave government, we would have done up to 80 per cent of that rail line. Also, there was no line to Owerri, I added Owerri to the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail design, because of the Industrial Park and the University of Transportation in Ubima,” Amaechi added.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

October 18, 2020

Again, Governor Ayade Rejects Justice Ikpeme, Set To Swear-In Justice Ita As Acting CJ

Despite calls by most Cross Riverians and Nigerians for Governor Ben Ayade to swear in Justice Akon Ikpeme as the substantive Chief Judge of Cross River State, arrangements have been concluded to swear in Justice Eyo Effiom Ita as the acting Chief Judge of the state, GRASSROOT REPORTERS reports

For about three months now, the office of Chief Judge had remained vacant following the expiration of the tenure of Justice Maurice Eneji, who was twice appointed as the acting Chief Judge.

Justice Eneji, who is alleged to be the preferred choice of Governor Ayade is the second most senior judge in the state, after Justice Ikpeme, whom the NJC had recommended to be sworn in as substantive CJ but was twice rejected by the state House of Assembly for being a non-indigene, hence, a security risk. 

Justice Ita is the third most senior judge. He will be sworn in tomorrow, October 19, 2020 at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor's Office, Calabar.

In a press release on Sunday, the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the governor, Christian Ita said: 

"In the exercise of his powers under section 271 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), His Excellency, Professor Ben Ayade will Monday, October 19th, 2020, swear-in a new  acting Chief Judge of the state.".

The release which did not reveal the name of the judge to be sworn-in, noted that: "this follows the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).".

October 18, 2020

GRAPHIC: Three Suspected Kidnappers Beheaded, Burnt By Angry Mob In Cross River

 Three suspected kidnappers were on Saturday morning beheaded and burnt alive by angry mob in Ikot Effio Okon Etim, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.

A gory video from the scene of the incident  circulating online, shows the remains of the suspected kidnappers and a motorcycle in flames. 

GRASSROOT REPORTERS gathered that the 5-man gang were ambushed by youths of the community, apprehending three while two managed to escape. The five kidnappers were later beheaded and burnt.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Irene Ugbo in a Press Release titled Jungle Justice and its implications condemned the action of youths of the area.

The statement read, “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Cross River State Command, has been drawn to the incessant mob action meted on criminal element across the state.

“It’s on the above, the Commissioner wishes to state unequivocally that no single person or group of persons has the right to maim or take the life of another person irrespective of the offence committed” the statement added.

“Consequently, the ugly incident which occurred early hours of Saturday, 17th October at Akpabuyo local government area where three suspected criminals were allegedly set ablaze is barbaric and strongly condemned.

“By this announcement, the Command warns members of the public to always weigh their actions in line with laws of the land. He added that perpetrators, when apprehended, will face the law” the DSP Ugbo stated.

October 18, 2020

#EndSARS: Protest Unnecessary, We Have Met All Demands - Lai

By Temidayo Akunsiyi

 Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Saturday said the ongoing #EndSARS protests by youths across  the country is unnecessary as the Federal Government has met the demands and has even done more than what was asked.

He also said the Federal government can't go higher than what it has done in meeting the demands of the protesting youths.

While speaking on the attack on Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola by hoodlums, he  said  latest developments in the country  has shown that the ongoing #EndSARS protests has been completely hijacked by 'dark forces'.

The Minister spoke on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) news programme, Weekend File monitored by Daily Independent.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari will not abdicate his responsibilities, number one of which is the protection of lives and property.

He said "If the purpose of this protest is to meet your demands and that demands has been met and made public, and government has been giving marching orders, for crying out loud, if you are sincere from the word go, why don't you give the government a chance?  We can't go higher than what we have done". 

"The meeting of NEC comprise all governors of the country, presided over by the Vice-President. A communiqué was read out and we have started the implementation.  We've asked all state governors to set up Victims Support Fund; all state governors, not only are you going to have a judicial panel of enquiry, but the composition must comprise of youths, students and CSOs".  

"We went further to say that they should set up a  Special Security and Human Rights committee In each states with students, youths and CSOs as members. And we are saying that the new Police Special Tactical unit will overseen by this panel which comprises of CSOs and youths. I don't  think we can bend beyond that".

October 18, 2020

Friends And Associates To Celebrate Sen. Otu On His Birthday

A thanksgiving service to mark the birthday of Sen. Prince Otu is set to hold in Calabar.

The event which is put together by friends and associates of the former senator who represented  Cross River south in the red Chamber will be held at the Voice of God Mission at 10 Mayne Avenue Street in Calabar. 

A statement by the planning committee chairman and secretary, Charles Atu and Ekpenyong Alina said the event is put together to thank God for the life of the senator and to continue to celebrate the ideals and legacies of a man who distinguished himself as a senator and in service to humanity. It said there will be a party at the Zoo Garden Hotel along Mary Slessor road Calabar. 

It enjoined all lover of the former federal lawmaker to turn out as well as send congratulatory messages to the Senator.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

October 17, 2020

AirForce To Deploy Super Helicopter To Secure South South, Commissons Accommodation For Its Personnel In Calabar

 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is set to deploy additional Super Puma Helicopter to Calabar to secure the southern axis of the Nigerian airspace and complement air operations in the South-South Geopolitical Zone. This was made known today, 15 October 2020, by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, while commissioning a furnished block of 30 x one-bedroom transit accommodation for airmen at the 305 Special Mobility Group (305 SMG), Calabar.

The CAS, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Oladayo Amao, disclosed that the 305 SMG Calabar was established to survey and secure the southern axis of the Nigerian airspace, continuing from the point where the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of the 115 Special Operations Group Port Harcourt terminates. He remarked that the NAF Headquarters was doing its best to make at least one more Super Puma helicopter operational, which would ensure that there is an aircraft domiciled in Calabar for necessary air operations. This, he said, was to make up for the Unit’s existing Super Puma helicopter which is currently deployed for operations in the North East. He assured that, in the interim, 115 SOG Port Harcourt would continue to extend air support to Calabar with its platforms, as done a few months ago when an EC-135 helicopter from Port Harcourt was deployed to Calabar to support the Nigerian Navy during Operation SAFETY CHECK.

Speaking further, the CAS disclosed that, as part of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Deep Blue Sea Project, aimed at comprehensively addressing insecurity and criminality in Nigeria’s territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), special mission aircraft, being acquired by the Federal Government, would operate from Lagos, Benin, Calabar and Port Harcourt, amongst other locations. He noted that this would undoubtedly enhance maritime domain awareness thereby improving security in the South-South axis. “All these efforts are geared towards ensuring that Nigerians go about their business in a safe and secure environment”, he said. He therefore charged the personnel to always maintain the highest level of vigilance and security within their AOR.

The CAS also used the opportunity to express his profound appreciation to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his continued support in providing platforms and equipment required by the NAF to achieve its objectives and perform its statutory roles. “We will continue to show our appreciation by remaining disciplined and loyal while exhibiting the highest level of professionalism." He also commended the Cross River State Government for its support to security agencies in their efforts to rid the State of all forms of criminality.

While appreciating the CAS for continuously according high priority to the welfare of personnel, the Commander 305 SMG, Group Captain Abraham Sule, reaffirmed the Unit's dedication to the accomplishment of assigned tasks and promised to continuously achieve desired results in their daily operations. He further appreciated the CAS for his relentless commitment to the provision of infrastructure for the optimal performance and comfort of NAF Personnel.

Also present at the event were the Air Officer Commanding Mobility Command, AVM Ibukun Ojeyemi, as well as other senior military officers and heads of paramilitary and security agencies in Calabar.

Monday, October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

Maritime Giants, Antwerp Port International Takes Over Bakassi Deep Seaport


The dream of actualizing the Bakassi Deep Seaport project is gradually becoming a reality with the announcement of its takeover by maritime giant, Antwerp Ports International of Belgium. 

Breaking the news of the takeover during a boat ride to the site of the deep seaport with the representatives and port Director, of Antwerp Ports International, Mr. Stefan Cassimon, Governor Ayade said the essence of the visit was to do a recconaissance as well as a required survey of the location, suitability and adaptability of the port.

He said the tour will strengthen commitment to the partnership with the Port of Antwerp International and the Cross River State Government to either take the investment from public placement strategy or direct investment by investors.

The governor expressed delight that such a well celebrated name in the maritime Industry has decided to get involved with the Bakassi Deep Seaport project.

The deep seaport is one of the on- going legacy projects of governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state.  

Ayade had earlier received the Belgian Ambassador, Daniel Betrand, who led the team on a courtesy call on him at the Executive Council Chamber, Calabar.

Speaking shortly after visiting the project site, Ayade said: “We are here on the Calabar River emptying into the Bakassi Deep Seaport with a team of technical directors and experts from the Port of Antwerp International."

Lauding Antwerp Port International's interest in the Bakassi deep seaport, Ayade said “Nigeria will have a lot to benefit from this port as this will be the first cargo industrial port as approved by the Federal Ministry of Transportation.”

He reiterated the imperativeness of the Bakassi Deep seaport which is to create a short cut between the mouth of the Atlantic ocean and northern Nigeria with the view to exporting solid minerals that abound in that part of the country.

"The future is Africa and that future starts today, that is why Cross River is smart enough to digitally partner with the Port of Antwerp international for the development of the Bakassi Deep Seaport to take Atlantic Ocean closer to northern Nigeria to allow for the full exploitation of the iron ore deposits and all the solid mineral deposits for the wealth and prosperity of Nigeria," he said.

In his remarks, Ambassador Bertrand said the team was in Calabar to "to discuss further on the wonderful project in Bakassi and to ensure that the project, that is the Deep Sea port, will be a success as soon as possible."

The Belgium Ambassador disclosed that "Cross River is of interest to Belgium because you are close to the sea where you have so many potentials and endowed with very industrious population. So, I think that a lot is possible here for you and for us."

He assured of his country's firm commitment to the project saying: "We are also here to ensure that Belgium contributes actively in this wonderful project."

Thursday, October 8, 2020

October 08, 2020

I've Been Diagnosed Of Bipolar Disorder- Actress, Chacha Eke

Nollywood actress, Chacha Eke has said that she has been diagnosed of bipolar disorder, a mental disorder that causes mood swings.

The condition which can be managed but incurable was formerly called manic depression. It causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).

Chacha Eke also stated that she didn't quit her marriage because of domestic violence, contrary to claims in some quarters.

In a video she posted on her Instagram page, the beautiful actress said her husband has never laid his hands on her, nor raised his voice at her.

She said she is currently receiving treatment at First Delta American Hospital, Asaba, after undergoing mental examinations.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October 07, 2020

WTO: Okonjo-Iweala Set To Win As She Makes Final List Of 2


'Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea's Yoo Myung-hee are through to the final round of selection to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, three sources said on Wednesday. The reduction of the field from five to two means, if confirmed, that the 25-year-old, Geneva-based trade body would be led by a woman for the first time.

Okonjo-Iweala, 66, a former Nigerian finance and foreign minister Okonjo-Iweala, is an economist and development specialist now serving as board chair of global vaccine alliance Gavi. She has said the WTO should play a role in helping poorer countries access COVID-19 drugs and vaccines. If she wins, she'll become the first African to lead the organization. Yoo, 53, South Korea's trade minister, is pitching herself as an experienced operator on trade in challenging times after clinching deals with the United States, China and others, while supporting global rules.

Both received backing from the 27 countries of the European Union this week. The other countries of the 164-member WTO have generally not revealed which names they put forward in the second round that ran from Sept. 24 to Oct. 6. Kenyan sports minister Amina Mohamed, Saudi royal court adviser Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri and British ex-international trade minister Liam Fox also competed in the second selection round. The first round featured eight candidates.

The WTO is looking for a new director-general to replace Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down a year earlier than expected at the end of August. It aims to find a successor by early November. The winning candidate will face formidable challenges with rising global tensions and protectionism during a COVID-induced slowdown, most obviously between China and President Donald Trump's U.S. administration, as well as pressure to drive reforms.

October 07, 2020

Alleged Fraud: EFCC Presents First Witness Against Adeherself



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, presented its first prosecution witness, PW1, Samuel Orie, a Compliance Officer with Guaranty Trust Bank Plc against a self-acclaimed social media influencer, Rukayat Adedamola Adewale, aka 

Adeherself, who was re-arraigned today for alleged internet fraud before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja.

Adewale, 20, is being prosecuted on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy to obtain by false pretence, attempt to obtain by false pretence and retention of proceeds of a criminal conduct.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

October 04, 2020

#EndSARS Campaign Is A Coordinated Attack By Cyber Criminals, It's Not The First Time - Presidency

                    Lauretta Onochie

The presidency has reacted to the current campaign to end the activities of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Grassroot Reporters reports.

An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, reacting to the renewed campaign, said the campaign is "coordinated attack by cyber criminals" who are joined by unsuspecting citizens.

She said that this not the first time such attack is being launched on government institution, calling on Nigerians to stand by institutions while working on its effectiveness.

She wrote on her Twitter handle:

"I have no doubt that there are some staff of SARS who are unprofessional in their dealings with the public, same way we have unprofessionalism in the Army, Mainstream Police, Customs, Civil Service, Public Service, traders, lawyers, doctors, journalists, teachers, pastors etc.


"This not the first time. We must stand by our national institutions while working to improve their effectiveness. That's what patriotism is about. NO SENTIMENTS." She said.

Meanwhile, Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media handles to register their displeasure over the activities of SARS, calling for an immediate disbandment of the group.

With the hashtag #EndSARSNow, they tweeted:

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 01, 2020

C'River 2,500 Delisted Workers: They Were Employed Without My Knowledge But They'll Be Re-absorbed - Ayade

The governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade says the 2,500 workers delisted from the state payroll were employed without his knowledge.

Prof. Ayade who addressed the workers yesterday at the U. J. Esuene Stadium however said the workers will be reabsorbed after the ongoing verification exercise.

He clarified that his decision to re-absorb the embattled workers was on compassionate ground and not because the state is buoyant enough to accommodate them.

He said:
 "Yesterday I addressed some workers who were delisted from the payroll at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

"Their employment was without my knowledge, as the civil service commission did the employment without recourse to me.

"Immediately I took office in 2015, I lifted the embargo on employment into the Cross River civil service and employed 2,500 teachers instantly.

"When I came in, staff in the Cross River State Water Board had not been paid for a very long time, because they were ad-hoc staff. I decided to convert them to permanent staff, made them civil servants, payrolled them and paid their backlog.

Continuing, the governor said:

"As a State Governor, you suddenly discovered an additional 2,500 staff on your payroll that you did not authorize, that you did not know about, nobody consulted you, what will you do?

" If I was vindictive, I would have since sacked officials who smuggled the names into the payroll.

"I asked the delisted workers to submit themselves to verification for regularization. I have decided to get them reabsorbed into the service out of compassion. I am doing so on compassionate ground and not because the state is buoyant enough to accommodate them.

"I earn an income that is less than the salary of this state. We are reabsorbing them because we are humans, we still have conscience."

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

Cross River State Government Presents Official Vehicles To Council Chairmen and Vice Chairmen


The Cross River State Government has presented official vehicles to Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the 18 local government councils.

Recall that the state government had, via a letter, ordered the council bosses to remit over N67.7 million each, to a dedicated account for the procurement of the vehicles.

The presentation of the vehicles  was done on behalf of the Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, flanked by the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Hon. Stella Oreme-Odey Ekpo, and Chief of Staff, Hon. Martin's Orim.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020

Ayade: South South must speak Up On Bakassi, Decries Neglect

Cross River State governor, Sir Ben Ayade has implored the people of South south geographical zone to come together and speak with one voice on the injustices of the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsular and the attendant suffering its inhabitants are facing.

He rued that the region lays the golden egg yet suffers unspeakable deprivation in the Nigeria project.

The Cross River state governor spoke in Calabar while receiving his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki to his office.

The Edo state governor was in Calabar in continuation of his thank you visit to South south governors who rallied behind him during the electioneering campaigns leading to the  September 19, 2020 Edo governorship election.

His victory now makes the South south a wholly a PDP- controlled region.

Ayade said "the South South is in crisis. We are the greatest generators of the revenue of this country , yet you cannot come from Uyo to Calabar by road. You have to fly because within that 45 minutes  journey you will have to do it for four or more hours. We must tackle such fundamental issues.

"Our carnival is suffering because people cannot come in. Our seaport is suffering because it cannot be dredged. We cannot as a region sit back and watch this happen.

“Perhaps your visit will give us a great opportunity to bring to the fore, one of the greatest challenges of our state, as a people. We watch our brothers, our sisters, our sons and daughters of the Bakassi extraction being driven out of their ancestral homes, reduced to want in body, in spirit and in soul.

“ We watch with melancholy, anger and pain as they sleep in subhuman living conditions. As a country, we have a budget for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), we see how IDPs in other regions are properly funded by international organizations, yet the case of Bakassi IDPs is different.”

He said what is most painful is the fact that the ceding of the peninsula was an act of illegality, and therefore, called on the geo-political zone to collectively rise up in condemnation of it.

“The ceding of Bakassi was totally illegal because there was no ratification by the National Assembly, there was no plebiscite which is totally inconsistent with the provisions of International Law. I believe that it is time for the south south to come as a bloc to speak strongly for the people of Bakassi.”

He congratulated Obaseki on his victory, describing it as victory for Edo people.

Speaking earlier, governor Obaseki thanked Ayade for standing behind him during the campaigns, noting that Edo and Cross River share historical ties.

The governor pledged to work towards the revival of the South south regional body, known as the BRACED Commission, which is an acronym for the six states in the zone.

He bemoan the utter neglect of the South south, saying it was in the best interest of Nigeria that infrastructures in the region are fixed.


September 29, 2020

Disturbing Photos: Man Allegedly Murder Wife Over Infidelity, Commits Suicide In Cross River

A middle-aged man identified as Okon aka Bone Man has killed his wife on suspicion of infidelity on the part of his wife.

GRASSROOT REPORTERS gathered that the incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Bashua community in Boki Local Government Area of Cross River. Indigenes of the community were shocked over the incident.

Mr. Okon, who is said to be an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, committed suicide shortly after allegedly killing his wife. His lifeless body was discovered dangling in a bush in the community.

The lifeless body of his wife, who was apparently stabbed multiple times, was also discovered in their one room apartment, with

A Facebook User, Martmercy Busaosowo, who shared photos of the incident on her timeline, said:

"This the is the stupid man from Akwa Ibom that killed his wife and ended up like this. He hugged (Sic) himself to death".

Friday, September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

Two Killed, 3 Missing In Renewed Ebonyi/Cross River Communal Clash

By Peter Okutu – Abakaliki

No fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead in the renewed boundary dispute between the people of Izzi in Ebonyi State and their counterpart in Obubara, Cross River State.

The age-long boundary dispute restarted on Wednesday, leaving a 9-year-old boy and another aged man (names withheld) dead.

Three persons also from Obeagu Ibom, Amachi, Izzi community were also declared missing during the attack.

It was gathered that suspected war Lords from three Cross River communities, Eja village, Apiapum, and Ijaga oruenya in Obubra Local Government Area of Cross River state invaded their counterpart in Izzi LGA, destroyed many houses belonging to the Izzi community.

A source in Izzi Community said: “The warlords from Cross River took over the Ebonyi community on Wednesday and were shooting sporadically at them. The police retreated to avoid returning fire because if they didn’t retreat; the Cross river people will continue to shoot. Three houses were burnt down.

“The warlords from the Cross River took over the village and the villagers relocated to the neighboring communities. But yesterday police succeeded in entering the village Obeagu Ibom village.

“Many houses were damaged, three persons declared missing and two reportedly killed, their bodies were seen on the road but no one could identify them because the village is deserted.

“At Zaki Ibiam village, a one-story building was burnt down, a bus, bicycle inside the compound were also burnt down. Many houses were damaged.” Source said.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Loveth Odah confirmed the attack and said the situation was now under control.

According to her, Ebonyi CP Philip Sule Maku has beefed up security in the community.

‘’The renewed crisis between Obeagu Ibom village, the DPO Izzi Division said he led a team to the Obeagu Ibom village in Amachi community, attacked by Ijega, Apiapum, Orinya village. All in Obubra in Cross River State.

“Adequate security has been beefed up in the place and the commissioner of police Sule Maku has called on his Cross River counterpart to do the same in their side so that peace will reign while the National Boundary Commission, NBA have also been contacted for demarcation to avoid further destruction of properties and loss of lives.

“It was difficult earlier to enter the warring communities as the men of the Cross River State were seen aggressively around there but yesterday the police in Ebonyi succeeded in entering into Obeagu Ibom village.

“Some houses were burnt, some were also damaged, two persons were killed among them is a 9 years old boy and one male corpse too was seen there but yet to be identified as the villagers have deserted the area to a nearby community.
September 25, 2020

How Cultists Blinded Me For Refusing To Join Them - 23-Year-Old

By Evelyn Usman

Emotion ran high, as 23-year-old Olamilekan Ibidokun, gave a blow-to blow account of how he lost his sight after he was attacked by members of the Aiye confraternity in the Ketu area of Lagos, for refusing to join the confraternity.

Ibidokun while in the hospital

The incident, according to him, occurred in December 2016, during a street carnival in the Ketu area of the state. He claimed that the attackers are still roaming the streets of Lagos freely, without justice meted out.

He traced the genesis of his predicament to the day he met one Abass, who lived in the same neibhourhood (Ketu) with him. He alleged that Abass, a member of Aiye confraternity consistently invited him to join his group but that he refused.

According to him: “ He and other members invited me to join the Aiye cult group and when I refused, they decided to punish me and use me as an example to others. I attended a carnival in 2016, in celebration of the Yuletide but instead of enjoying myself, I was attacked by members of that dreadful sect. They stabbed me in both eyes and left me to die.

“ I was admitted at Bolakunmi Hospital, Ketu, for two weeks, from where I was referred to the Ikorodu General Hospital. From there I was referred to the Lagos State University Hospital, LUTH, and many other hospitals. At a point, I got tired of my parents spending money without any progress and I advised them to stop.

Mrs Ayeni-Ibidokun and her blind son Olamilekan Ibidokun

“I used to see before but now everything has gone dark. To adapt to the new state and add value to myself, I attended the Federal Nigeria Society for The Blind, at Oshodi, where I learned how to use canes to make chairs, hamper, baskets among other things.

“The challenges of getting things done as a blind person is enormous but I thank God for the gift of life and I remain hopeful that one day, my perpetrators will be brought to book,” he said.

Mother cries for justice

His mother, Mrs. Fausat Ayeni-Ibidokun, therefore appealed to the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, to help her family by ensuring that the perpetrators of the act were arrested.

She explained that the incident was reported at the Ketu division but that nothing had been done to effect the arrest of those allegedly responsible.

She alleged that she gave the Investigative Police Officer, IPO, and the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO, then some money to pursue the case, without result.

She said: “I kept going to the station to seek justice. At a point, the Inspector frustrated my efforts because he was constantly demanding money and I didn’t know what to do. Anytime I went to the station, I was told that the DPO was not around. Out of frustration, I had to leave the matter to God”.

Suspect sighted

But she said that information reached her that the alleged mastermind of her son’s attack and leader of the Aiye Confraternity, was receiving treatment at the Gbadaga General Hospital.

She said:“ This is why I rushed to the media to alert security agents, with the hope that the suspect will be arrested and my son given justice.

“I am appealing to the Commissioner of Police to please use his office to bring these criminals who have been wreaking havoc in Ketu axis for a long time to book”, she said.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Terrible Road Accident Claims 11 Lives In Cross River


The Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of 11 people in an auto crash on Thursday in Calabar, Cross River State.

Sector Head of Operations, Deputy Corps Commander Matthew Egbe, told NAN that the sad incident occurred along the Calabar-Mbarakom-Awi highway.

He said that the crash was fatal because the driver was speeding.
“The accident occurred along the Calabar-Mbarakom-Awi highway. The Hiace bus was conveying 13 passengers, 11 died while two sustained injuries,” he said.

An eyewitness, Mr James Ebri, who said he helped in the rescue operation, told NAN that the accident occurred around

“The accident that occurred this morning claimed 11 lives while two sustained injuries. The injured passengers were taken to the General Hospital in Akampka for treatment by the FRSC,” he said.

NAN reports that the white Hiace bus has the registration number EDA28XA.

September 24, 2020

Photo News: Governor Obaseki Pays Thank You Visit To Ayade

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State today, paid a "thank you" visit to his Cross River State counterpart, Prof. Ben Ayade, following the success of his re-election bid at the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.

Governor Obaseki who ran under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defeated his rival, Pastor Ize  Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).



Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

International Red Cross Assists Cameroon Refugees In C'River, Identifies Access To Rural Communities As A Challenge

The international Red Cross society says between 2018 and 2020, they have assisted over 20,000 refugees fleeing the civil conflict currently going on in the Republic of Cameroon.

The international humanitarian organization were at Agbokim community in Cross River State to distribute materials including food, household items and cash donations to  refugees fleeing armed conflict in southern Cameroon.

The distribution which saw a large turn out of both refugees and some members of the host community assisted with cash donations, farm seedlings, was the the third in the year.

According to the Economic Security Generalist, Ephraim Sule, the idea of assisting both the refugees and some members of the host community was purely to cushion the economic pressure put on the host community, especially those housing and feeding the refugees.

 He said between January and September 2020, the society have so far assisted over 6000 people, about 80% of which are the refugees from Cameroon.

"In 2018, we supported about 5000, same goes with 2019. This year so far, we have assisted about 6000, so if you sum it up we would have so far supported about to 15000.

"There is the agro support we also have but that is mostly for the host community, since they are the ones with access to farm lands, so we support them with different kinds of  plant in order to harvest and support their home.

"But for the refugees we support with essential household items like sleeping materials, blankets, buckets, cooking utensils, mosquito nets, lamps etc.

"The idea is to promote peace among the host community and the  refugees. So that way, both the host community and the refugees live in peace and we also have a good relationship with the host community and they keep giving the refugees shelter, food and clothings and that is because they are seeing the good work we are doing"

He said the daily arrival of more refugees into the camp on a daily basis and difficulty in accessing some communities are some of the challenges they face while carrying out their assignment.

"Some of the terrains are really difficult to access in terms of the road network because of the Communities we are targeting, we have to do a lot of navigation and that takes us a long time to get to the places" Mr. Sule said.

Since the commencement of civil unrest in southern Cameroon, it is believed that over  30000 Cameroonians have fled the West African country, majority of them which are currently taking refuge in different villages in Cross River State.