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Ayade's aide, Gabriel Orji must be arrested and arraigned for killings in Etomi, says CRSCGG

Ukorebi | 9 March 2019

An influential political cum governance pressure group in Cross River State has called for the arrest and arraignment of Commissioner of Water Resources, Mr. Gabriel Orji.

The group known as Cross River State Coalition For Good Governance said their call on security agencies to, as a matter of urgency arrest and investigate Mr. Gabriel Orji is because of his alleged involvement in election violence that led to the impounding of three (3) of his vehicles by men of the Nigerian Army.

According to Crossriverdaily,  an executive member of Cross River Coalition for Good Governance had disclosed some activities carried out by the commissioners and his boys in the community, the source which for obvious reasons chooses to be anonymous said Mr. Orji should be held responsible for the sporadic shootings that occasioned the Etome community leading to the cancellation of the entire election process in the area.

According to the source, "On the 16th of Feb 2019 the commissioner for water resources Ntufam Gab Orji and his thugs were intercepted and carried to 245 Battalion with 3 Cars and guns in them. 

The source also revealed that "Gab is an indigene of the community. He hired thugs to interrupt the elections. A day before the supposed date for the Presidential and NASS elections, these thugs went all about the community shooting and threatening peaceful-living citizens of Etome; but thanks to God the elections were postponed. But sadly, on the later rescheduled day, February 23rd, Gab and his boys came out in broad daylight wrecking havoc and beating up innocent electorates they perceived are not on their side.

"When the security were alerted, they arrested him and the thugs alongside some arms and seized three (3) of his cars: one white Toyota Hilux with Reg No GGE 429 EA, a Black Lexus Jeep ABJ 572 DG, and a Land Cruiser Jeep AA784 AKP.

"Also invited for interrogation was Mr. Ebam Emanghe, the State Deputy Chairman of PDP, amongst others.

"We are therefore requesting that Mr. Gab be re-arrested, interrogated and detained, otherwise, he will come back again to do even worst," the EXCO member said.

Members of the community, whose houses and properties were destroyed and those who relatives were either maimed or killed are asking why the Commissioner is now walking freely without proper sanction, even when he was arrested with unlicensed ammunitions.

This story first appeared on as Election Violence: Group Calls For Comm Water Resources, Gab Orji's Arrest