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Militants storm Govt House, hold deputy governor hostage

02 July 2016, 16:30

Abuja – The Bakassi militants reportedly stormed the Cross River State governor’s office on Friday and held Deputy Governor Ivara Esu and the staff hostage for several hours.

According to Premium Times, the group arrived at the office shortly after Esu had arrived for duties and expressed anger over alleged abandonment of the Bakassi returnees by the government.

"Our people are dying hopelessly on a daily basis due to minor ailments that could have easily been treated. We have made attempts to dialogue with the governor several times but he would not give us audience and that is why we are here to demand our little stipend," the leader of the group who gave his name as Capon was quoted as saying.

The chief press secretary to the governor, Christian Ita, confirmed the invasion by the militants, the report said.

Read more at Premium Times 

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