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Another policeman killed in Calabar, Deputy Governor’s escort vehicle snatched


Prof. Ivara Esu

Prof. Ivara Esu

Another Policeman was yesterday killed and the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu’s escort vehicle snatched in Calabar, Cross River State as crime incidence hit a record high.

Just last week a policeman was shot dead and another seriously injured and two police vans burnt as suspected cultists struck and killed about eight persons in a cult clash.

Sources in the Deputy Governor’s Office said the incident occurred along Goldie Street opposite NNPC filling station in Calabar at 7:06 p.m., when the pilot vehicle ran into a group of heavily armed cultists.

The sources added: “After the executive council meeting at the Governor’s Office in Calabar yesterday (Thursday), the pilot vehicle led other cars as they escorted the deputy governor to his house.

“As usual, after dropping him off, the vehicle proceeded to drop the security men in the vehicle in their houses. While they were driving along the Goldie Street axis, they ran into a traffic jam caused by a group of cultists operating in the area. “The cultists, numbering over 20, were armed with guns and machetes as they descended on the pilot vehicle, they shot the driver and drove off with the car. The other people in the car scampered for safety.”

Since last Sunday following a renewed clash between rival cult groups the city of Calabar has not been at peace as businessmen and traders especially in Calabar South often rush to close shop before nightfall. The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the killing of the officer on Thursday, saying the shot policeman “did not make it” but denied that the cultists drove off with the police vehicle as it was recovered but no arrest.

Security situation in the state is so bad that the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 6, Abubakar Marafa was reported to have said this week at a press briefing at the headquarters of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo that “Cross River State, which used to be peaceful and congenial for human habitation, tourism and business, is fast becoming a den of criminals, a situation which is fast eroding its status as The Peoples Paradise.

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