Heavy rainfall, windstorm wreck havoc in Calabar

Residents of Calabar, the Cross River State capital woke up on Friday to a clearer view and more details of the Havocs caused by Thursday’s heavy rainfall accompanied by winds and thunder storms.

The roofs of Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Local government Affairs were blown off by the winds.

Offices of the Commissioners of Agriculture and Environment were left at the mercy of the downpours as the wind blew off the roof of the two separate three- storey buildings.

The State Cultural centre complex and State library complex as well as roofs of the State Police Headquarters were also affected.

Some windows of the Theatre ward and other offices of Calabar General Hospital on Mary Slessor roads were damaged by the windstorms.

On the streets, many trees and electric poles fell while cars parked under tree shades suffered damages.

“We’re not sex machine” Calabar indigene asks people to stop sexualizing them

A lady from Calabar, Cross River state has asked people to desist from sexualizing them and seeing them as sex-machines.

The lady with the handle @Laidy_Beeh said this while reacting to a post on Twitter. Another Twitter user @olumurewa had shared the photo above with the caption

<p class="has-drop-cap has-pale-pink-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">''“Your 5-minute break is up, there’s still so much we haven’t done. I thought you said you were from Calabar””“Your 5-minute break is up, there’s still so much we haven’t done. I thought you said you were from Calabar”

@Laidy_Beeh found the tweet upsetting and stated that the narrative needs to stop.

”Calabar, not sex machine. I can’t count how many times I’ve been sexualized unprovoked cos of where I’m from. It is the same for many others like myself. It has never been funny. Please stop.”

An Assistant Commissioner Of Police and another Policeman Murdered in Calabar

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

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.

An assistant Commissioner of Police and younger brother to the deputy governor of Cross River State, has equally been murdered in Calabar, Cross Rivers State

Assistant Commissioner of Police hacked to death in Calabar

An Assistant Commissioner of Police identified as Egbe Eko Edum has been hacked to death in Calabar, Cross River state capital. 

The deceased was on his way home when he was attacked along Murtala Muhammed highway in Calabar around 1am on Wednesday December 2. 

Edum who was serving as the commander of 73 police mobile force squadron, was hacked with an axe by unknown assailants who left his corpse on the road.

The state police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo said; 

“He dropped off from a public transport and had called his wife to pick him up before he was attacked by the unknown men. 

“We are investigating the incident and the family has recovered the body from the scene of the tragic incident. He is not serving here. I think he was coming to see his family here in Cross River, he arrived in Calabar at about 1:am when the incident happened.”

The deceased who was based in Kaduna state is said to have been killed in Calabar,on the first of December 2020.

Unconfirmed report from some local blogs in Cross River State,did not give detailed explanation on the cause and reason for his murder.

But someone who Prefers to remain onanimous stated that the late Assistant Commissioner of Police,was on a short visit to calabar from his base as his car developed a fault at Army Junction.

The insecurity situation in Cross River State has become a thing of concern in recent times,with kidnapping and assassination being a reoccurring decima .

The Government has been urged to take drastic measures to curb this high rate of criminality and ensure that the state returns to normalcy.

Police Officer Confesses to Car Theft

SP Ojewve Igbuzor apologies today Friday October 16, 2020 for being involved in car theft. The insident which took place on the 6th of June 2019, involving a light green Honda Evil Spirit as it is popularly called parked at Marian Hotel Calabar, belonging to Mr. Francis, who happen to be the current manager of Marian Hotel at old Ikang Calabar was stolen. Only to discover on February 2020 (8months later) that the said stolen car which was stolen at Marian Hotel premises was being used by the just disbanded O’C SARS of Cross River State Command in person of SP Ojewve Igbuzorand the color of the vehicle had been changed to silver color.

The above is the picture of the car. This is totally unacceptable and a pure case of stealing which the Superintendent of The Nigeria Police Force SP Ojewve Igbuzor (O’C disbanded SARS Cross River State Command)is involved in by confiscating and changing the color of a car that does not belong to him for his own private/personal use. Well the case is currently undergoing investigation at the Anti-Corruption Unit, State Police Headquarters Diamond Hill Calabar. No wonder SARS was rightly disbanded. But we still need The Nigeria Police Force.

We the media are watching and sincerely hope that the Nigeria Police Force will not try to cover this crime because it was perpetrated by one of his own.