INEC Official Kidnapped In Cross River Regains Freedom

 

An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who was kidnapped during Saturday’s re-run for Yakurr/Abi Federal and State constituencies in Cross River State, has regained his freedom.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Cross-River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Alalibo Johnson.

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According to him, however, the supervisory presiding officer was released without some of the sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, as well as his personal items.

Meanwhile, Johnson also added that apart from a policeman that sustained injuries, no life was lost.

Cross River Flags Off Maternal New-born And Child Health, Targets Over 800,000 Children

 

The Cross River State Government on Saturday flagged off the second round of the 2019 Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) week which is usually organized twice in a year.

The initiative seeks to monitor mothers, pregnant women, and every child from 0-58 months in terms of nutrition, hygiene, and Immunisation as well as access to quality health care.

State Governor Ben Ayade who was represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu flagged off the Child Health Week at Primary Healthcare Centre, Nasarawa Community, Ikot Ekpo, Calabar Municipality and disclosed that over 8,000 children under five and pregnant women are to benefit.

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Dr Betta Edu maintained that the week-long exercise was to improve access to the basic health care services for all while reducing morbidity and mortality in mothers, pregnant women and children of age 0-5.

“The health week will feature routine immunisation against childhood killer diseases, administration of Vitamin A for children, deworming of children, screening for acute malnutrition in children with appropriate referrals, provisions of ante-natal care iron-folate for pregnant women, distribution of mosquito nets to pregnant and lactating women as well as health education on key health tips for household practices and HIV testing, amongst others”

 

Also Speaking, Dr Janet David Ekpenyong, Director-General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), urged women and guardians to make their wards available for immunization and other loads of packages.

The DG assured the community of immediate revitalization of the health centre to cater for the healthcare of the people in the community.

According to her, Governor Ben Ayade is very committed to drastically reduce maternal mortality and infancy through interventions such as the State health insurance scheme “Ayadecare”.

The Nasarawa Community in Bacoco, Calabar municipality who turned out in their numbers were overwhelmed with joy and thanked the Governor for his intervention, stating that they will patronize the health care facility close to them.

Ayade Signs N1.1trn Budget Of ‘Olimpotic Meristemasis’ For 2020

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders
A file photo of Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade.

 

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has signed the sum of N1.1trillion “Budget of Olimpotic Merismasis” for the year 2020.

The governor while signing the budget at the executive chambers of the governor’s office in Calabar, the state capital, said it would help actualise the key projects of his administration.

He added that the budget is geared towards bringing to fruition, the signature projects of the administration, including the 270-kilometer superhighway connecting Cross River with Northern Nigeria.

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Also, 82 percent of the budget is for capital expenditure while 18 percent is for recurrent expenditure.

The governor during the signing also pointed out that, “At any point in time, a man’s ability is limited by his financial muscle his brain has failed. For us in Cross River, with the governor and his deputy as professors, it will be a thing of shame for us to budget based on our envelope size.”

Ayade, while enumerating the avalanche of industries he has established since assumption of office, assured that the 2020 budget will create jobs for residents in the state.

The Cross Rivers State governor since the inception of the office uses stylish names for budgets.

In 2018, the Budget was tagged Budget of Kinetic Crystallisation while in 2019, it was tagged “Budget of Quabalistic Densification.”

Buhari Condemns Violence In Cross River

Buhari Condemns Gombe Killings, Condoles With Victims' Families
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned on-going violence between neighbouring communities in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The cause of the violence is yet unknown but is believed to be a reprisal between the neighbouring communities of Nsadop and the Boje community.

Although, efforts by security agencies are on to restore calm in the communities and no figures have been given on the number of deaths or casualties.

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A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said that President Buhari noted that no dispute is worth the violence and Nigerians must learn to live in peace.

“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns on-going violence in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State, which has in the past 24 hours led to a yet to be ascertained number of deaths and arson attacks.

“So far, there have been claims and counterclaims as who restarted the killings and arson between the neighbouring communities of Nsadop community and the Boje community.

“While the origin of the mayhem is still unclear, President Buhari notes that no dispute or grievance is worth the violent snatching away of another person’s life. Nigerians must learn to live peacefully with each other and seek less brutish means of resolving conflicts. Our country does not need another war,” he added.

President Buhari urged the Cross River state government to immediately look into the crisis and take action to ensure that the unfortunate situation is resolved both in the short and long terms.

Cross River Govt Proposes N1.1 Trillion Budget For 2020

Easter: Ayade Calls For Peace, Prayers For Leaders

 

The Cross-River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has presented an appropriation bill of N1.1 trillion, for the 2020 fiscal year.

Tagged ‘Budget of Olipotic Meristemasis’ Governor Ayade disclosed that the budget has a capital expenditure of N911 billion representing 82.8 per cent and a recurrent expenditure of N188 billion, representing 17.2 per cent of the budget.

Speaking at the Chambers of the Cross-River State House of Assembly, Ayade described the budget as one that is anchored on a belief “in the spiritual force which is the third energy.”

While explaining that meristemasis is the active cell that stimulates growth in a young plant, which in this case, represents the state, he pointed out that, “the budget will catalyse into existence a great opportunity for everyone to put their hands and legs on the pedal and fill it off”.

He said the decision to allocate 82.8 per cent of the budget to capital expenditure, was indicative of our aggressive commitment that will continue to reduce recurrent expenditure and focus on capital expenditure.

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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