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Militants 'didn't storm Cross River State Govt House'

03 July 2016, 11:00

Abuja – The Cross River State Government has dismissed as false, reports that the Government House in Calabar was invaded by militants.

Reports on Saturday indicated that Bakassi militants stormed the Cross River State governor’s office on Friday and held Deputy Governor Ivara Esu and the staff hostage for several hours.

The reports said that the militants arrived at the office shortly after Esu arrived for duties and that they expressed anger over alleged abandonment of the Bakassi returnees by the government. 

But, according to This Day, a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, Christian Ita, described the report as not only misleading but a sad demonstration of ethical bankruptcy.

"The report is a regrettable sensationalisation of a peaceful protest by some ex-militants over their three months unpaid allowances by the federal government.

"The ex-militants were not armed and so could not have invaded the government house. Rather, they were very civil in their conduct as they sought audience with the officials of the state government whom they hoped would take their message to Abuja. Once attended to, they peacefully dispersed," read part of the statement. 

Read more at This Day

- News24 Nigeria


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