Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Ayade in fresh trouble as group issues stern warning over insecurity in C'River



 
Since 2015, insecurity has been a thing of concern to Cross Riverians as there's hardly a month without at least one recorded case of kidnapping and other forms of insecurity. 


Recently there have been reported cases of kidnap with over 6 persons kidnapped within one week, with one Mr. Ani Oku Ita and Mrs. Eno Patrick Okon beign the latest victim of the ugly menace. 

Arising from the above, a group with special interest in the development and growth of Cross River State, known as Cross River Southern Senatorial District Assembly (CRSSDA), has called on the state governor, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade to as a matter of urgency beef up security in the state to protect the lives and properties of Cross Riverians. 

The group which said the last couple of years have seen Cross Riverians suffer from the effects of bad governance, insecurity and a downturn in the economy (poverty), expressed surprise at the quietness and calm deposition of some critical stakeholders in the face of  all these, stating that they have refused to keep quiet and "let the deliberate provocation go unchallenged...", while calling on the state governemt and security opreactives in the state to ensure the immediate release of both Mr. Ani Oku Ita and Mrs. Eno Patrick as well as other Kidnapped victims yet to be released. 


According to a Press Statement signed by Mr. John Offiong, leader of the group, "Cross Riverians now live in fear in a live in fear in a once quiet, safe and peaceful environment. Our reality today is that visitors/tourists are becoming more hesitant to visit, thereby impacting negatively on the tourism industry which once made our economy boom." the statement reads in part. 



The group informed that Security is a delbrate action and doesn't happen by chance and it behooves on the leadership of the state to take delibarte actions to ensure its citizens are protected. 



The statement reads in full: 



As a result of the kidnap of Mr. Ani Oku Ita and Mrs Eno Patrick Okon are both illustrious children of Cross River State, we, the Cross River State Southern Senatorial Assembly have been compelled to condemn the menace unequivocally.  

Safety and security doesn't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus, public investment and a firm resolve by the leadership of the day uphold this requirement. We owe our people, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free from violence and fear. The kidnap of Mr Ani and Mrs Okon can easily be described as the umpteenth incidents within the last fear years. "Cross Riverians now live in fear in a once quiet, safe and peaceful environment. Our reality today is that visitors/tourists are becoming more hesitant to visit, thereby impacting negatively on the tourism industry which once made our economy boom.

There is a continuous silence in some quarters and it is curious and disturbing, the statement added. "We refuse to keep quiet and let this deliberate provocation go unchallenged and hereby call on the State Government, the Inspector General of Police, Director of Department of State Security State and other Security Agencies to intervene and put modalities in place to curb the menace and end the existing security nightmare in Cross River State. We demand that Mr Ani Ita and Mrs Eno Patrick be returned to their families forthwith, unarmed! "The people of Cross River State deserve better than what we are being served at the moment. We will not continue to fold our arms and watch the docile handling of our security. We hereby charge the State Government to live up to the basic expectations of securing lives and people of ALL Cross Riverians.


 WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH! #EndKidnappingincrossriver#

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