Elections: Three Killed, Others Injured In Cross River

Elections: Three Killed, Others Injured In Cross River

 

Residents of Bendeghe community in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State have decried the violent attack meted out on their community by suspected political thugs.

The attack was said to have occurred on Saturday last week and claimed the lives of three people with other people sustaining gunshot injuries.

While those killed were members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including the party’s ward chairman in Bendeghe, the survivors blamed the attack on an All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in the area.

One of the eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the PDP members were ambushed by suspected thugs while awaiting the signing of a peace accord by both parties to ensure violent free elections.

The community called on the security agencies as well as government authorities to strengthen security measures to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident as the elections draw closer.

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Etung local government has over the years been known as one of the flashpoints for electoral violence in Cross River.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Cocoa, Mr Oscar Ofuka, who also hails from the community condemned the attack.

He said the state government would not condone any more attack of such, stressing that “enough is enough”.

Ofuka, however, called on the PDP supporters in the community to remain calm and asked them to shelve any plan to embark on a reprisal.

In his reaction, the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Bassey Ita, denied the allegation that supporters of the party were responsible for the killings.

According to him, the accusations are merely a political statement to score a cheap political point by the PDP ahead of the elections.

Mr Ita warned the party to desist from heating up the polity and causing crises in the state.

Court Sacks Owan-Enoh As Cross River APC Gov Candidate

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, has sacked Senator John Owan Enoh as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

The court also sacked the factional leadership of the party under Mr John Ochalla, which is loyal to Owan-Enoh.

Apart from removing Senator Enoh and Ochalla, the court rejected other candidates of the party currently recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a two-hour judgment, Justice Simon Amobeda, ordered that Usani Usani, be recognised as the legitimate candidate of the party.

He also ordered that “INEC should only receive and accept the names and candidates for the 2019 elections that emerged from the lawful executive led by Godwin Etim John”.

Justice Amobeda also ordered that persons parading themselves as the executive members of the APC in the state should forthwith cease to do so, ruling that the lawful executive of APC in Cross River remains that which is led by Godwin Etim John.

“The judgment clearly is in support of the rule of law as it also supports the yearning of the common man,” counsel to the claimants, Ayei Okpa, told journalists after the judgement.

“Once a judgment is delivered in a court of law, everyone affected by that judgment is supposed and ought to comply with the said judgment and that is what this court today, has confirmed”.

Okpa added that INEC is to use and publish only the names that emerged from the lawful executive and not any other name that emerged from any other executive in Cross River State APC.

According to him, the court has every power under its disciplinary jurisdiction to undo what has been done unlawfully and the Electoral Act commands INEC to obey court orders.

“INEC has every reason to comply with that order, what INEC did by publishing unlawful names is unlawful,” he said.

Reacting to the judgement, Ntufam Godwin Etim John said, he is very pleased with the court’s ruling and is not surprised with the judgment because according to him, there is no way that one will disobey court injunction, ruling or judgement and expect to go anywhere and get a contrary judgment.

Meanwhile, counsel to the John Ochalla faction of the party, Egire Osim, declined to speak with Journalists.

Atiku Promises To Develop Deep Sea Port, Superhighway In Cross River

PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Director-General of his Presidential Campaign Council, Bukola Saraki, at the rally in Calabar

 

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has promised to ensure that a deep-sea port is established in Cross Rivers State.

The candidate, who spoke during his presidential campaign rally in the state on Friday, also promised to see to the construction of a superhighway in the state.

Apart from the rally, Atiku and members of the PDP presidential council met with the Cross Rivers State council of traditional rulers who prayed for the success of their campaign.

Youths Protest Suspension Of CJN In Enugu, Cross River

A group in Enugu protesting the suspension of the CJN

 

Youths in Enugu and Cross River State are protesting the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

The protest in Calabar the state capital was led by Mr Portrait Peterson, described the development as an assault on the sacred temple of Justice.

In their numbers, the youths converged at the eleven-eleven roundabout in the state capital to express their displeasure over the attempt by the executive to ‘belittle’ an arm of government.

READ ALSONBA, CSO’s, Others Stage Protest Over Onnoghen’s Suspension

They called for the immediate reinstatement of the CJN with all his rights and privileges as the Chief Justice of Nigeria, adding that the rule of law must abide to restore the nation’s lost integrity.

The group further tasked Nigerians of voting age, to ensure they get their PVC’s handy to vote for credible leaders in the forthcoming general elections.

Also in Enugu, a group under the aegis of Coalition of South East Voters Voice has taken the streets to protest the suspension of the CJN describing it as a midnight order of the court.

The group is arguing that the order cannot stand in the face of section 292(1) of the 1999 constitution which delineated the removal, suspension or exerting of any other disciplinary action against a judicial officer.

According to the group leader, they are not against the fight against corruption but that due process of the law is followed in exerting disciplinary action against the CJN as the actions of the president is capable of impeachment.

2019: Governor Ayade Inaugurates PDP Campaign Council

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The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has inaugurated a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Addressing residents of the state on Friday, the governor said the council would manage his campaign while he focuses on governance.

“We will be losing time, let me face the governance of Cross River State. Let me create a new opportunity. Let me decouple Cross River from its dependence on Federal Government,” he said.

The governor also called on party members to win in their polling units.

He said he was confident that the party will sweep next year’s general elections as a result of the achievements already recorded by his administration.

“While you do the politics, let me fix the governance. Let us face the future. We don’t have a serious election. We have a capable director-general, we have a capable party structure.

“And veterans who have always delivered their polling units are all here. And I know from the experience that we had in Obudu re-run, every single appointee raised money from his pocket to deliver his polling unit.

“Nobody is too powerful to cross to another polling unit. Be in your polling unit. I am only going to evaluate you based on your polling unit. Be in your ward. But essentially, every one of us is equal before the ballot box,” the governor said.

Davido Institutes Talent Hunt Show For Upcoming Rivers Artistes

 

Super-Star Musician, David Adeleke popularly called Davido has instituted a talent hunt show for upcoming artists based in Rivers State.

Davido said this during his visits to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, at the Government House Port Harcourt.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, said the musician also pledged to work towards the re-election of Governor Wike whom he described as his godfather.

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Addressing the Governor, Davido noted that the show was in line with his discussions with the State Government to support upcoming artists.

He said that he was in Port Harcourt for a musical show tagged ” Plugged” where he will perform with indigenous artists.

“I am planning a talent hunt show in Port Harcourt. One of the lucky artists will perform at my show in Lagos on 27th December 2018 he said.

“I am also here to wish the Governor a happy birthday. In the New Year, there are several things that we are planning for the good of the music industry “.

Davido was accompanied by the organizer of Plugged, Mr. Chima Aguma and Music Promoter, Soso Soberekon.

Governor Wike, a youth-friendly administrator, had earlier pledged to promote the entertainment industry for the creation of jobs for the youths.

 

 

Cross River Violence Claims Two Lives, 50 Houses Burnt

 

Two bodies have been recovered, with 50 houses burnt in the violence which erupted in some communities in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The bodies of the two victims have been deposited at the Afikpo general hospital.

Cross River State Police command in reaction to the incident told journalists that troops have been deployed to the warring communities in a bid to restore calm and forestall further breakdown of law and order.

The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, who led his personnel to the affected communities gave the assurance that modalities are in place to put an end to the incessant clashes. He said the communal clash is a result of a land tussle.

READ ALSO: Several Feared Killed As Violence Erupts In Cross River

The state governor, Professor Ben Aayade also reacting to the violence called on the Federal Government to intervene and ensure a clear boundary demarcation in the warring communities across the state.

Communities affected by the communal violence which erupted since Monday, December 3, include Urugbam, Egbor, Ipene, and Abanwan in Biase Local Government Area.

President Buhari in reaction to the incident on Tuesday called for calm and restoration of peace.

He also urged the people of the areas to allow law and order to prevail, adding that “Our communities must be ready to live together in peace since no development can take place in an atmosphere of recurring violence.”

Several Feared Killed As Violence Erupts In Cross River

 

Several persons are feared killed following a violence that erupted in four communities in Cross River State on Monday.

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

Although details of the incident are yet to be clear, Channels Television gathered that the communities have had a long history of disagreements over land ownership.

READ ALSO: Communities Must Be Ready To Live Together, Buhari Reacts To Cross River Violence

Despite the deployment of security operatives to the areas, the attacks are reported to have continued, with many residents in the communities fleeing the areas to safety.

Navy Arrests Suspected Rice Smugglers In Cross River

Navy Arrests Suspected Rice Smugglers In Cross River

 

The Nigerian Navy has arrested four suspects in connection with the smuggling of several bags of rice into Calabar from Cameroon through the Calabar waters in Cross Rivers state.

The suspects were intercepted on Monday while trying to navigate their way into the state capital.

Commander of the NNS Victory, Commodore Julius Nwagu, paraded the suspects at the NNS Jetty a day after they were arrested.

According to him, the smuggled rice valued at more than N6 million were shipped into the waterways from Cameroon using a wooden boat.

The commodore decried the continuous act of smuggling contraband goods into the country and warned those involved to desist from such acts.

He stated that the Navy would remain committed to the Federal Government’s fight against the importation of illegal goods into the country.

He also commended the command for the success stories being achieved in this regard.

The suspects were subsequently handed over to the Nigeria Customs Service for investigation and prosecution.

NSCDC Storms Cross River Creek, Arrests Seven Suspected Oil Thieves

The suspected oil thieves were arrested with more than 200 drums of diesel.

 

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has apprehended seven suspected members of an oil bunkering gang with over 200 drums of diesel valued at over N10 million at a creek in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The creek, located at the Jebbs area of Calabar South, is said to be a hideout and a major route for oil thieves and a hub for bunkering activities within states in the Niger Delta.

State Commandant, NSCDC, Stephen Lar, speaking shortly after parading the suspects and the products at the Jebbs creek, warned that the command was focused on ridding the creeks in the state of illegal activities.

The NSCDC boss decried oil bunkering as sabotage to the nation’s economy, noting that the oil thieves are using the creeks as a route to perpetuate the evil act.

Lar warned criminals using other creeks within the state for such nefarious activities to desist from doing so or be prepared to meet their Waterloo in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the products discovered with the suspects have been moved to the Civil defence office for testing while the suspects according to the command will be arraigned.

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INEC Fixes Nov 10 For Bye-Election In Ikom After Cross-River Lawmaker Dies

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 10 for the bye-election of the Ikom (2) constituency seat in the Cross-River State House of Assembly, following the death of the lawmaker representing the constituency.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Frankland Briyai, disclosed this on Thursday at a meeting of stakeholders drawn from all political parties, at the INEC office in Calabar, the state capital.

He assured the different parties of a smooth, free and fair exercise.

According to him, the election would allow a level playing field for all parties and their candidates.

Briyai also used the opportunity to warn parties and their agents against vote buying.

Ayade Wins Cross River PDP Governorship Primaries

Ayade Hopeful Nigeria Will Overcome Challenges
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The Cross-River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Ayade was declared the winner of the party’s primary after 1,937 out of the 2,001 accredited delegates that participated in the exercise in Calabar voted for him.

It was a smooth exercise without incidence of violence, electoral irregularities as security men were on the ground to affirm the safety of the delegates.

The governor reiterated his commitment to work for the development of the state and the see to the welfare of the people.