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Student caught on attempt to Gun teacher down in C/River.

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The state Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Igiri Ewa, confirmed the incident, but said the suspect had not been handed over to the police.

A teenage senior secondary school girl has been prevented from killing her teacher with a pistol in Cross River State.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that the student, whose name was withheld, was arrested at the Government Secondary School, Ikot Ewa, in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state.

The Chairman of the council, Emmanuel Offiong-Bassey, who spoke to journalists on Thursday, said he was told the suspect was about to shoot her target when she was disarmed.

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He said, “How she got the gun, I do not know. The information I have, which may not be very accurate, is that when she wanted to bring out the gun to shoot at her target, another teacher who was behind her quickly stopped her. I learnt she is still in the custody of the army.”

Offiong-Bassey advised parents to pay attention to the company their children keep and their daily activities.

The state Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Igiri Ewa, confirmed the incident, but said the suspect had not been handed over to the police.

“Once we gain access to the matter, we will invite the press,” he added.

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NoRM gathered that the girl had gone to school with tinted hair and her class teacher asked her to go home and shave the hair.

She was said to have got angry and allegedly decided to get a gun to shoot the teacher.

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Femi Fani Kayode Apologise After Harassing Calabar Journalist

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has apologised for his outburst towards a journalist during a recent press conference in Calabar.

Fani Kayode also apologised to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, family members, friends, and colleagues of the Daily Trust reporter.

Speaking on Friday during a press conference at the Government House in Uyo, the ex-minister said he disappointed himself and everyone, noting that his reaction was undefendable.

“I’m deeply sorry for the manner I reacted to the said reporter. I was too hard on him. The question was mischievous, but I fell for it,” he said.

“I should have been smarter than that. I am using this opportunity to reach out to him, and I hope he will be kind enough to forgive me.”

File photo of Femi Fani Kayode

“I disappointed myself, my family and friends, my colleagues, and even my bosses, those who hold me in high esteem.

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“I have regrets, it was not my finest day. No leader or public figure should ever react like that. I disappointed myself. I deeply regret it and I believe it will never happen again.”

This comes barely three days after Fani-Kayode branded the reporter ‘stupid’.

The reporter had asked Fani-Kayode who was “bankrolling” his recent tour of several southern states, a question that irked the ex-minister.

The NUJ and Daily Trust had condemned Fani-Kayode for his comments.


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Cross Rivers Govt set Kidnapper’s house ablaze in Calabar

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A house belonging to an alleged Kidnapper in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State has been set ablaze by agents of the state government.

The suspected kidnapper, Edet Effiong Nyong was reported to have been among the suspects declared wanted by the state government.

The team who set the building ablaze was led by the State Security Adviser, South, Mr Ani Esin alongside DSS, Anti-Cultism and Kidnapping Squad and other stakeholder, Daily Post reports.

The building which is located at Esiere Ebom Street in Calabar South local government area of the state was burnt on Saturday.

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NRM learnt that the suspect was responsible for the kidnap of the father of the former Director of DSS and he was also the brain behind the kidnap of a relative of the former Deputy Governor of Cross River, Barr. Efiok Cobham.

He was reported to have been freed from prison last year, but found his way back into the business. He is currently on the wanted list of the state governemnt:

“He was released from the correctional centre last year and thereafter, he went into kidnapping again” a source hinted.


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[Photos] Zimbabwean TV Star Weds Nigerian Lover In Calabar, Cross Rivers. (Video)

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Over the weekend, 33 year old Zimbabwean Actress, model and TV personality Vimbai Mutinhiri exchanged the marital vows with her lover, Andrew Ekpenyong in Calabar, Cross River State.

The love birds did not allow the Coronavirus lockdown in the Nation stop them from having their court wedding!

Clarifying that the wedding had constrained physical participants, brother to the groom and Cross Rivers state minister of Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong said:

“loved ones saw the function by means of video conferencing”

Also sharing photos from the court wedding, Vimbai wrote:

What shall I render to Jehovah, for He has done so very much for me ♥️🙏🏾😇 . Part 1 / Court Registry done ✅ – social distancing compliant, but you know we had to add our touch to it 😁 (while we watch and wait for the coast to clear for us to have the dream celebrations we spent months planning) Thank you to all who have shared their words of encouragement, their prayers and their well wishes!! We are so grateful to be blessed with so much love

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In another post, she wrote:

If only tears could speak, these ones would tell such a powerful story of how no matter what – God has a plan! Only He knows how a girl from Harare, ended up in the loving arms of a Prince in Calabar. The journey has been colorful and eventful, but by His grace we are ushered into a new chapter. What a testimony – that in every story – JEHOVAH has the final say 😇 .

ForeverYong2020 Part 1 #CourtRegistry

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Insecurities: Six Abducted In Calabar In 10 Days


Kidnappers seem to have set their sights on Calabar metropolis, as gunmen are reported to have abducted for ransom six people in ten days.

One of the abducted, David Ugwu, a lecturer at the University of Calabar, was reportedly whisked away from his residence along Atimbo. Another victim, Maurice Archibong, an accounting staff with the Nigerian Chronicle Newspaper, was kidnapped by gunmen last Sunday night, while Chief Desmond Oko, an Igbo businessman, was picked up on last Tuesday night.

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Another Igbo businessman, popularly known as ‘Champion’, and his brother were kidnapped at Garden Street last Wednesday night.

Champion’s brother was kidnapped when he went with a ransom sum to free his brother. The hoodlums had collected the ransom, released Champion and then detained the brother asking for more money.


It was learnt that an unidentified Calabar socialite was kidnapped on Saturday, February 22 at Efio-Ete axis in Calabar municipality about 9:00 pm.

A witness, Eno Emmanuel, said the abductors had traced the victim to a bar at Efio-Ete where they hid around, striking soon as the victim entered his car.


Eno, who sells oranges around the junction, said: “We just heard a gunshot and we thought they were robbers because most times they just shoot and carry something and zoom off. But this one was different. They just carried one man and took off.”

With regards to Champion, family sources revealed that he and his brother had been released after paying N3.5 million in ransom, while Chief Desmond was released Saturday night after paying about N2 million to his abductors.


The abductors of the accounting staff at Chronicle Newspaper, Maurice Archibong, have reportedly contacted the family and demanded N1.5 million as ransom for his release.

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As for the lecturer, his abductors are demanding for N15 million.


Narrating his ordeal, one of the victims said: “It is a terrible experience and these boys are operating freely. Calabar has become very unsafe for business and leisure. How can they carry human beings in a car and beat all the security checkpoints and carry somebody to the creeks?

“These boys kidnap every day and some victims die in the process. Please, we plead with the government to do something about this state of insecurity in Calabar.”


Meanwhile, some top Igbo businessmen are said to have sent a delegation to the Akwa Ibom government to allocate some parcel of land where they can build shops, as Cross River is said to have become too insecure for business.

Sources close to the Igbo community leadership in the state disclosed that they have had a series of meetings in recent days, advising Igbo businessmen to relocate their businesses to more secure states.


The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the latest kidnapping incident.

She said, “I am aware that somebody has been kidnapped but I have not been briefed by the anti-kidnapping squad if at all the matter has been reported to the squad.”

But a top security officer, who pleaded anonymity, blamed the increase in kidnapping and robbery on a lack of funds and operational vehicles.

The officer said: “We have heightened security challenges in the state. This is because the governor is not funding security agencies as other governors do. So we cannot fight crime alone. We need support from the state for enforcement.”


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Breaking: Calabar corper impregnated by JSS 2 student, LIE


The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State has debunked report of a JSS 2 student impregnating a female corps member serving in the state.

In a statement released by NYSC’s Head Press & Public Relations Unit in the state, Abdullahi Yuguda, it was alleged that the report was shared on social media to malign the reputation and integrity of the scheme and the public perception of corps members.

It reads;

“The attention of the National Youth Service Corps, Cross River State has been drawn to a malicious publication making the rounds in the social media, alleging that a Female Corps Member was impregnated by a teenage boy (student) in the state.”

“To put the records straight, there is nothing as such in Cross River as claimed by the unknown writer. It is only meant to malign the reputation and integrity of the scheme and the public perception of our corps members. The national youth Service Corps is a reputable organisation that is very proud of her Corps Members because of their high level of discipline and responsibility and therefore cannot be involved in such a shameful act.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the authorities of NYSC at Local, Zonal and State levels never received any report of such formally or informally.

“The said news is the handiwork of fake news hawkers who derive joy in seeking attention or traffic to their websites, at the expense of protecting journalistic code of ethics.

“Embarrassingly the originators of the news failed to state the source of the news rather was dwelling on imaginary school, JSS student and Corps Member.

“Worthy of note is the fact that NYSC has a laid down procedure for approaching matters on Corps Discipline and Reward. But as at the time of fielding this rejoinder, no Corps Member in Cross River State is connected with such negative Act.

“Management of the Scheme in Cross River State advises the authors and originators of such callow write up to retract same and henceforth, desist from manufacturing fake news with the intention of deflating the reputation of the NYSC scheme but rather pay attention to the numerous selfless services rendered to Cross River communities by Members of the National Youth Service Corps.”


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11 election officials abducted by gunmen in Calabar re-run


Unknown gunmen have reportedly abducted election officials with materials that were headed for the 8 polling units in Afayna/Igoni-Igoni ward under Abi state constituency in Cross River State.

The Federal Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in charge of South-South region, Dr. Mohammed Lecky told newsmen during election duties that the incident occurred in the middle of the river leading to the community.


Backed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr. Alalibo Johnson and the Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state Mrs. Irene Ngozi Oghuma, the Federal Commissioner said the unknown gunmen accosted the Electoral officials with materials and went away with all the voting materials along with the SPO (State Presiding Officer).

According to him, the security men that accompanied the materials and men of election duties decided to avoid casualty by not engaging the unknown armed men in the middle of the river.


He expressed sadness over the incident but thanked God that all the NYSC members on duty and other election duty officials have returned safely to office except the SPO, whose phone is ringing but he is not picking.

He said the total number of registered voters in the affected area where the materials have been hijacked is 5606.


The Re-run in Cross River State affected 33 polling units covering Ekureku ward one and ward two for Abi/YAKURR Federal Constituency where Dr. Alex Ebona of the APC is aiming to retain the seat he won during the February 2019 elections.

The Re-run also affected some wards in the Abi State House of Assembly constituency.


Across many other polling units visited during the voting hours, there was a huge turnout of voters.

The PDP candidate, Hon. John Gual Lebo, whose petition led to the rerun election refuse to speak to newsmen as he was seen holding meeting with his supporters at the resident of the former governor of the state.


However, Dr. Alex Ebona, the APC candidate expressed satisfaction over the huge turnout of voters noting that the incident of hijack of material occurred in the area for the state house constituency election.

According to him, he is told the election in the affected area will be held the next day if the problem was not resolved before close of voting.


Dr Alex Egbona, said:” The turn out is encouraging and you know that the election is in my community. I am in touch with my community and that is why you see this unprecedented turn out.”

“I encourage all voters to vote according to their conscience as nobody would molest them. This is democracy so vote according to your choice. But I can tell you with this development I would emerge victorious.”


The election materials arrived very early just as voters turned out as early as 6: 30 am.

It was also observed that the INEC officials had initial difficulty in containing the mammoth crowd, especially at Gbagaro Agbara and Egbonyi polling units within Ekureku II ward.


Speaking on the conduct of the election, the presiding officer for Gbagaro Agbara polling unit, Mr Isaac Oke, said: “I can tell you the election materials arrived at 8:00am and we commended accreditation immediately because the voters were already on ground.

“There is large turn out of voters as you can see. The card reader is very slow, but we promise to ensure that everybody would vote at the end of the day.

Also speaking INEC observer, Mr Jubril Isa, commended the voters for their peaceful and orderly conduct but observed that the processes are slow.

He enjoined INEC to try and improve upon it so that no voter is disenfranchised this exercise.


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Calabar appoints Ubi Franklin as Special Adviser


The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has appointed Ubi Franklin as Special Adviser to the Governor on Tourism.

He announced his appointment on his Instagram page this afternoon.

Ubi wrote; “I, Ubi Ekapong Ofem (Ubi Franklin) wish to inform the public that I have been appointed Special Adviser on Tourism to His Excellency, Professor Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River State. It is indeed an honour to be deemed fit by His Excellency to serve the good and resilient people of Cross River State in this capacity.


“More so, I am most delighted to be functioning in the Tourism sector, one sector which is dear to my heart and one which I believe I fit into appropriately considering my background in the entertainment industry”.

“I thank God for His grace upon my life. I thank Governor Benedict Ayade for giving me this golden opportunity to serve. I thank my family, friends, and well-wishers for all the support and encouragement”.

Ubi Ekapong Ofem (Ubi Franklin)


“On behalf of myself and my family, I promise to work diligently and efficiently with all necessary stakeholders in ensuring that Cross River State returns to the summit of the world’s tourism index”.

“God bless Cross River State”.

“God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.


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Calabar: Cleric predicts how Amaechi will experience hard times.

…says Atiku will reconcile with enemies


The General Overseer and President of Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI), Bishop Gospel Emmah Isong, has predicted strange re-alignments and reconciliations among politicians in 2020.

Besides, while he predicted that the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would reach out to his political foes in order to reposition himself; he foresees turbulent times for the Rivers State-born Minister of transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

Speaking at 2020 annual “Pass Over Night” church service held in Calabar to usher in the New Year, Isong, who doubles as the National Publicity Secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), also predicted more arrests of Nigerians by DSS which may lead to a shake-up.


He said: “There shall be strange re-alignments, compensations and reconciliations and collaborations of old-time political enemies in 2020.

“Alhaji Abubakar Atiku is going to reconcile with his enemies to position himself in politics. Get ready for shock reconciliations.


“Those of you that used to die for politicians, you will notice that the person you were dying for has made peace with his enemies. Then you will know that politics is a game. And that at a high level, they don’t take it the way you do.

“Rotimi Amechi will have an uphill task, but in the end, he would triumph over his adversaries who are trying to pull him down. But he shall convince his friends and foes that he is still in charge,” he prophesied.


On Department of State Security Services (DSS), he said: “There shall be a shake-up in the DSS because of the embarrassment of the continuous arrest of innocent Nigerians. The arrest would not only be limited to ordinary citizens, but shall also include clergymen who make public utterance that would be against the DSS.

On the issue of insecurity, the cleric said: “There shall be several and retaliatory attacks on the headsmen that would lead to killing all over Nigeria and movement of cows on the road would be heavily restricted to protect life


“Because of border closure, criminals and smugglers would devise other means of breaking the law on the waterways. Besides, I foresee more protests and civil disobedience; I foresee teargas everywhere, mind your steps this year,” he predicted.

On the economy, he stated that “there shall be favourable and overwhelming government policies on Nigeria’s seaport, aviation and marine businesses.”

On Cross River, he prophesied that the state shall witness a serious transformation from 2020 to the extent that those who see the state as a failure would become so shocked.

He, however, called on Nigerians to stop being hard and selfish, and rather embrace real change by caring for the weak, the young and the elderly.


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Calabar: Group attack rapist and beat him to death.

…body dumped in a waste bin

An angry mob in the early hours of Wednesday, December 25th lynched a suspect for allegedly robbing and raping a girl in Calabar, Cross River State.

The incident occurred on Ekong Etta Street by Okoro Agbor in the early hours of Wednesday when an angry mob pursued a suspected thief who allegedly raped his victim.

A witness said he suspected the rapist was trailed by the mob who later beat and dumped him in a waste bin, close to Apostolic church where he later gave up his ghost.

He said: “They were three (3) of them that committed the act, but the other two ran away, but he (the victim) couldn’t as the mob caught up with him and mobbed him.

“People said he’s a first-timer and that he followed the other two who have been robbing the area and going scot-free. They even raped the girl they robbed.

“The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday and the screaming from the girl alerted the mob who later came to her rescue.”

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Gov. Ayade, Calabar becomes the first state to test-run MTN’s 5G Technology.

The Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, has lauded MTN Group, Africa’s leading cellular telecommunications company in Nigeria, for its choice of Calabar as one of the pilot cities to test-run its latest technological innovation – the 5G technology.

The Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Dr. Aye Henshaw, made gave the commendation during the Company’s 5G technology trial, held on 28 November 2019, at MTN Office, Etta Agbor Road, Calabar.

Prof Ayade said with Cross River, being a technically-savvy State, MTN’s latest 5G technology, when it becomes fully operational, will further energise the state’s aspiration of becoming the first smart city in Nigeria.

“The arrival of 5G technology in Calabar is not a coincidence. We are pretty gratified that MTN chose Calabar as one of the pilot cities for this project,” he stated.

“I know that we have a history of partnership with MTN. When we started to build the Optic Fibre Network, it was in partnership with MTN. Going forward, the current administration has invested a lot of funds in equipment that will lead to the realization of that project. And very soon, we will call MTN again on issues of connectivity, because the Ayade-led administration, as a test-run, wants to get the entire Carnival Calabar route to be smart,” Governor Ayade added.

The Governor, who described the 5G innovation as a welcomed development, commended the company for displaying the abundance of benefits the 5G technology brings.

The Governor promised to key in and build on the existing partnership, while wishing MTN a faster rollout that would lead to the adoption and approval of the technology for the consumption of Cross Riverians and other residents of the State.

In his remarks, the Chief Technical Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Mohammed Rufai, after conducting the Governor and other dignitaries round the 5G Demonstration Booths, said the exercise was just a demonstration of the technology which is subject to the ratification, adoption and approval of the National Communications Commission (NCC).

Also speaking, the Chief Sales and Distribution Officer, Mr. Adekunle Adebiyi, added that the 5G innovation will bring a whole new change to digital service delivery, while advising all to begin to tune towards adaptation to the modern-day phenomenon.

He said:”How we go about our investments, doing things and coming first with a lot of innovations is a further demonstration that MTN has come to stay”.

5G is the fifth generation of cellular network technology. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has defined three main uses for 5G. They are Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), and Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC)

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