Duke Settles N537m Debt With AMCON

Election Postponement Is "A Legal Coup", Says Duke
A file photo of Mr Donald Duke.


A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has discharged the order granted the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON to take over the Ikoyi property of former Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke over a debt of N537.3m.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo discharged the order today based on the settlement terms filed and moved by AMCON’s legal team.

Mrs Juliet Benson representing AMCON told the court that the former Governor had fulfilled the terms of the settlement of the debt and both parties have agreed.

She then urged Justice Oweibo to adopt the terms of settlement as the judgement of the court.

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Counsel to Donald Duke, Edoigiawerie Uyi confirmed to the court that his client has shown good faith by promptly making a payment of over N350m in settlement of the outstanding debt, a payment which parties all agreed to.

He also urged Justice Oweibo to enter the terms of settlement as the full and final judgement of the court.

In his short ruling, the court granted the terms of the settlement and entered it as full and final judgement.

The judge also ruled that all orders in the case stand discharged.

On the 8th of August, the Court had granted an interim order to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON and United Bank for Africa to take possession of a property in the Ikoyi area said to have been mortgaged by a former governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, over an alleged debt owed the two organizations.

IGP Orders Arrest Of Suspected Hoodlums For Attacking Officers In Cross River

Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs on March 26, 2019.


The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate arrest and prosecution of suspected hoodlums and thieves who attacked four police officers in Ogoja, Cross River State.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Tuesday, said that the attacked officers, attached to IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT) unit, were on course to arrest some suspected armed robbers and receivers of a stolen vehicle when the hoodlums butchered and injured them.

“The detectives (the victims of the savage attack) are investigating a case of a stolen Toyota Sienna Bus earlier reported by the Master Chapel Church, a Pentecostal church based in Lagos. The detectives had, after a painstaking investigation, arrested four (4) male suspects – Peter, Ben, Ebuka and Johnson.

“The suspects who were positively implicated in the crime by Police investigation confessed to indeed stealing the vehicle. They stated further that they had sold the vehicle to another criminal in Benue State. Hence, detectives moved to Benue State with one of the suspects.

“On the arrest of the suspect in Benue State, he stated that he had sold the vehicle to another notorious receiver of stolen goods based in Ogoja.

“With this discovery, the detectives proceeded straight to Cross River State, where the notorious receiver Ikenga was apprehended and the stolen vehicle recovered,” the statement revealed.

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The statement added that; in a bizarre twist, shortly after his arrest, the suspect raised an alarm in his native language which attracted his gang members.

“Subsequently, the policemen came under serious physical attack from the weapon-wielding hoodlums. The officers were savagely butchered by these armed gangs.

“Consequently, Ikenga, the notorious crook escaped with the stolen vehicle.

The statement quoted the IGP, condemning the attack, he enjoined traditional rulers and community leaders not to condone such act by shielding the identities of the suspected hoodlums.

He asked members of the public to provide credible information that will aid the police to apprehend the perpetrators.

Fake Naval Officer Nabbed In Cross River


A man identified as James Solomon, who has been parading himself as a naval officer attached to the office of the Chief of Naval Staff in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, has been arrested.

The commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Victory, Rear Admiral Julius Nwagu, confirmed this to journalists on Monday.

According to Nwagu, the 25-year-old imposter, who hails from Abi Local Government Area of the state, has admitted to the crime and would soon be handed over to the Police for prosecution.

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Some of the items recovered from him included the Nigerian Navy camouflage which he was putting on at the time of arrest, a fake Nigerian Navy Identity Card, copies of recruitment forms and applicants credentials for the Navy, ATM cards, and a computer.

Nigerians Will Never Forgive Obasanjo For Ceding Part Of Cross River To Cameroon – Oshiomhole


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says Nigerians will never forgive former President Olusegun Obasanjo for ceding part of Cross River State to Cameroun.

Oshiomhole who was speaking during the Presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state on Wednesday, urged residents not to ever forget the hardship the former president put them through.

According to him, he (Obasanjo) would not go unpunished for selling Nigerians to slavery.

The APC National Chairman said, “I want to remind the people of Cross River that never ever can you forget a Nigerian leader in the person of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who ceded part of Cross River State to Cameroun because he was pursuing a Nobel Peace prize.

“He handed over the Nigerian territory to a foreign country and reduced Nigerians to become refugees. We can never forgive him. Nigeria will never forgive him.

“There is no statesman in the modern world that would voluntarily cede part of his territory to a foreign country.

“That crime committed by Olusegun Obasanjo… if we are too weak to punish him, history will punish him because no leader gives away his household and sends them to slavery”.

Oshiomhole, therefore, urged the people of the Bayelsa to re-elect the president whom he believes will not only succeed in the fight against corruption but also give the oil-rich state a new lease of life.

Liyel Imoke Confident PDP Will Win Elections In Cross River


Former Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, says he is confident that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the state’s governorship election holding in February.

According to Imoke, from inception the state has remained a PDP state and the party will ensure that it remains in power.

The former governor said this on Wednesday, when the current governor, Ben Ayade along with some supporters and members of the party paid him a visit at his country home in Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area of the state.

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Imoke urged the supporters to remain focused to ensure that PDP retains power even as the elections draw closer.

In a brief remark, Ayade thanked the former governor for his support while also assuring the youths that he will continue to work hard to give them a bright and secured future.

VIO Inducts 33 Special Traffic Mayors In Cross River


The Department of Vehicle Inspector Officer (VIO) in Cross River State has inaugurated 33 special traffic mayors in the state.

The 33-man team was inducted in Calabar the state capital, with the Governor Professor Ben Ayade as the grand commander.

The officials are expected to assist the department in traffic management and control as well as rescue operations during the yuletide season and beyond.

The Chairman, National Conference of Directors and Chief Road Traffic Officer in the state, Mr Paul Bepeh, stated that part of their responsibilities will also be to assist in decongesting traffic and engaging in public enlightenment where necessary.

Cross River Communal Clash: Police Insist No Life Was Lost


The Cross River State Police Command has denied reports that the clash between four communities in Biase Local Government Area of the State, had claimed several lives.

According to the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Inuwa, the information is fake, misleading and a compendium of lies calculated to cause tension fear and panic in the state.

Speaking to Channels Television at the state CID in Calabar, the capital on Tuesday, the CP, however, admitted that the crisis had been ongoing for a while now, following a land tussle between the communities.

The communities are Urugbam, Egbor, Ipene, and Abanwan in Biase Local Government Area.

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According to him, security agencies are trying their best to put the situation under control.

He, therefore, enjoined members of the general public to go about their lawful businesses.

In reaction to the situation, President Muhammadu Buhari called for calm in the communities.

He also said residents must be ready to live together peacefully.

Furthermore, he commended the state government for the steps taken so far towards bringing peace to the affected areas and also lauded the Police for mobilising its personnel to the affected communities to contain the crisis.

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Bakassi Deep Seaport: Ayade Meets FG’s Steering Committee, Calls For Immediate Execution

Benue Open Grazing Ban Affecting Cross River, Ayade Laments
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The Cross-River State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to speed up processes that will bring about the immediate commencement of construction work on its proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 275 kilometres superhighway projects.

The state governor, Professor Ben Ayade made the appeal on Wednesday in Calabar, the State capital, when he received the Chairman and members of the Bakassi Deep Seaport Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee in the company of the project Transaction Financial Advisor prior to their 3-Day fact-finding mission to the state.

While addressing the team, the governor lamented over the current financial status of the state following the loss of its oil wells.

He believes the immediate execution of the dream projects will not only boost the state’s economic status but also attract foreign earnings to the country.

The governor, therefore, urged the group to live up to expectations in the delivery of the task which according to him, will be beneficial not only to this generation but generations yet unborn.

Cross River Govt Offers 200 Widows Employment

Benue Open Grazing Ban Affecting Cross River, Ayade Laments
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The Cross River State Government has offered automatic employment to at least 200 widows across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

The governor, Professor Ben Ayade, made the announcement on Sunday at an event in Calabar, the state capital.

According to him, the government decided to employ the widows as a way of compensating them for their losses and helping them earn a living and cater for their families.

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Ayade said the jobs will be given at their various Local Government Councils and their salaries will be paid promptly.

Ayade Receives Bakassi Deep Seaport Concept Design


Cross River State Governor Professor Ben Ayade has received the concept design for the full commencement of construction work on the proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport, from a Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering company.

At a presentation by a team of Chinese engineers led by Mr Jason Wang on Friday, the governor announced that full-scale construction work will begin as soon as the rains subside.

According to him, one of the special features of the Bakassi Deep Seaport is its access to the 275 kilometres evacuation corridor which connects to some other states.

He said, “The Government of Professor Ben Ayade and indeed the people of Cross River State, have focused on creating an alternative income by decoupling ourselves of our dependence on Federal Government allocations.

“It is against that background that the Bakassi Deep Seaport with an evacuation corridor is borne.

“The special advantage of our Bakassi Deep Seaport is its access to a wide armada of great opportunity via her evacuation corridor.

“Therefore, I will call on the patience of the people of Cross River State, the commitment of will and the prayers of everyone to ensure that this noble project comes to its realization and once the government, which is the client, gives approval to this, a detailed design will be ready in no distant time at the onset of the next dry season.

“It is my wish and prayer that the people of Cross River State will rise beyond the boundaries of politics and focus heavily on the future of our young people,” he said.

6,000 Cross River Residents Benefit From Free Medical Outreach


Over 6,000 indigenes of northern Cross River State have benefitted from a free medical outreach, organised by the state government in partnership with Faithcare Outreach International from the United States of America.

In the week-long exercise, various health services were offered to the residents which included: free consultations, eye care, dental care, counselling sessions, surgical operations, among others.

Speaking at the General hospital, Ogoja, the wife of the governor, Linda Ayade, noted that the initiative was aimed at addressing a growing health concern in some communities.

According to her, delivery of some health care services has remained a huge challenge, especially in the rural communities, hence the initiative.

She said, “A lot of people carry their ailments with them for fear of going to hospitals because they feel that they are not able to afford the charges in the hospital.

“The charges may not be much but some people are still scared to do so.

“Secondly, for some people its lack of awareness. They are not aware that what is troubling them can be handled in the hospitals or by a medical expert so that is the foundation of this mission.”

The governor on his part described it as a way of giving back to the society in a bid to ensure that the citizens are healthy.

Cross River Govt Confirms Death Of Eight Cameroonian Refugees


The Cross River State Government has confirmed the death of eight Cameroonian migrants seeking refuge at Ikom Local Government Area of the state.

The DG of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday.

She described the deaths which occurred on Saturday, July 28, as indeed a shock to the state government

Dismissing speculations that the refugees died as a result of food poisoning, the DG said it could have been as a result of inhaled carbon monoxide from a generator which was found in their living room.

The state, however, condoled with the family of the deceased, adding that an autopsy is being carried out to confirm the actual cause of their deaths.

Meanwhile, one of the refugees who pleaded anonymity lamented that the camp has been congested causing an unhealthy atmosphere for them.

He, therefore, pleaded with the Government of Cameroon and the United Nations to wade into the ongoing crises in their country and bring an end to the mass killing in order for them to return home.