Cross River State Governor Decries Looting, Destruction During Protests 

Hyacinth Chinweuba

Professor Ben Ayade, the Executive Governor of Cross River has promised a reward of N100,000 to anyone who volunteered information that could lead to the recovery of property looted during the #EndSARS protests of Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, 2020 in his State.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, whistle blowers should call 08034500531 to give such information.

“Hoodlums, who hijacked the peaceful protest, looted the state government’s warehouse in Calabar on Oct 23 before going on to loot private residences on Oct. 24 and set many properties ablaze”

In addition, Senator Gershom Bassey, who represents Cross River South in the Senate and former Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, were some of their victims. They even set Ndoma-Egba’s vehicles on fire.

“The hoodlums also vandalised the offices of the Department of Petroleum Resources, the NLC, INEC and supermarkets”

Furthermore, Ayade charged security agencies to take legitimate actions to halt the spate of arson and carnage witnessed in some parts of Calabar.

According to Ita, Ayade asked the police to arrest anyone involved in the looting of both public and private property in the state.

The governor who said he understood the pain of the people, noted that there was need to protect the collective commonwealth of the people.

He said the commonwealth was threatened by some persons who are desperately trying to discredit the peaceful disposition of the citizens of Cross River.

Ayade urged the security agencies to take legitimate actions to ensure that calm returned to the state, especially as the government was already working towards ensuring the demands of those who genuinely participated in the #EndSARS march are met.

The governor also called on the citizens to rise up and defend their land from criminal elements bent on destroying the image of the state.

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