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PDP, APC trade words over alleged smuggling of arms into Cross River


Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has alleged that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator John Owan Enoh, is importing arms from Cameroun to the state for the forthcoming governorship election.

Ayade made the allegation on Monday when he led some party stalwarts on a visit to two of their supporters who were receiving treatment at a private hospital in Calabar after being attacked by thugs suspected to be loyalists of the APC candidate.

The governor further alleged there were security reports that Owan Enoh was importing arms from Cameroon as well as sewing police and army uniforms for thugs to disguise as security personnel to disrupt the election.


He accused Owan-Enoh and his party of unleashing violence on Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in the state.

He, therefore, called on the Federal Government and security agents to intervene in the matter.

“It is sad also that he is boasting that those people who have been arrested with live ammunition will be freed and he will ensure that he releases them. I, therefore, call on the Inspector-General of Police and the entire armed forces of Nigeria to put an eye on Cross River State.

“The level of arms build-up by this man is too much and there have been several security reports that he is sewing army and police uniforms. There are reports that he is bringing arms from Cameroun,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director-General, Owan Enoh’s Campaign Organisation, Mr. Maurice Effiwatt, said: “The governor is the chief security officer of the state and all the security officers report to him and you know in law, he who accepts must prove. It is not just enough to say somebody has done something wrong without you proving him or her of the crime. When you say somebody has stolen, you have to prove that person has really stolen.

“It is even a criminal offence for you to raise such allegation at somebody. The allegation itself is furious and criminal, that is what I can say.”


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