Governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade has denied earlier media reports that claimed that the Government House in Calabar was attacked by militants.
The Cross River state government has reacted to a series of reports from various media sources about an alleged attack on the state governor’s office and hostage-taking in Calabar on Friday, July 1.
Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita, described the report as not only misleading but a sad demonstration of ethical bankruptcy.
The Governor described the news reports as false and malicious and an attempt to sensationalize the matter.
According to the statement, Governor Ayade said;
“The report is a regrettable sensationalisation of a peaceful protest by some ex-militants over their three months unpaid allowances by the federal government.
“The ex-militants were not armed and so could not have invaded the government house.
“Rather, they were very civil in their conduct as they sought audience with the officials of the state government whom they hoped would take their message to Abuja.
“Once attended to, they peacefully dispersed. So it beggars belief that such a peaceful and innocuous protest would be reported as an invasion of the government house.
“More ludicrous is the claim that the deputy governor was held hostage. No such thing happened.”
Yesterday several media sources had reported about armed militants who invaded the Cross River state governor’s office.
Militants Didn’t Attack Government House – Ayade
The said militants were members of the Bakassi Volunteer Force who paid a visit to the government house in Calabar.
The earlier reports also claimed the deputy governor was also held hostage by the militants.
The statement concluded that Cross River remains the safest state in the country and urged the media to refrain from unnecessary sensationalism so as not to cause panic among members of the public.