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Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

11 lawmakers plot to remove Cross River Assembly Speaker

The plot to remove the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, John Lebo, continued as 11 of the 24 lawmakers reportedly signed a notice to remove him from office. The anti-Lebo group, known as the "Restoration Family," has accused Mr. Lebo of treating them with disrespect. Its…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Suspected militants storm Cross River Governor’s Office, hold Deputy Gov, others hostage

Over 20 suspected Bakassi militants on Friday invaded the Cross River State Governor's office in Calabar, apparently to express anger over alleged abandonment of the Bakassi returnees by the government. The group, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, arrived the state’s seat of power shortly after the Deputy Governor, Ivara Esu, reported for…

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Gunmen abduct 4 UNICEM contractors in Calabar, kill driver

Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday killed a contractor with the United Cement Company of Nigeria, UNICEM, Calabar, Cross River State, and kidnapped three others, witnesses and the police have told PREMIUM TIMES. The victims are staff of MacMahon, an expatriate firm working for UNICEM, a subsidiary of Larfarge Plc. A witness,…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

UNICEF, Cross River launch campaign to end violence against children

The Cross Rivers State Government and the United Nations International Children Education Fund, UNICEF, on Friday launched a campaign to end violence and abuse against children in Calabar. The campaign launch comes two weeks after Premium Times published the second part of its investigative report, which chronicled cases of child…

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Champion fight against corruption, NYSC DG urges corps members

The Director General of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Sulyman Kazaure, has urged corps members to lead the fight against corruption in their primary places of assignments. Mr. Kazaure explained that the future of the country is in the hands of the youth and they must live up as…

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Ebonyi to empower corps members to create jobs – Umahi

The governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, on Tuesday vowed to empower members of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, posted to the state, to create jobs. Mr. Umahi made the commitment during the swearing-in of 2016 Batch A, Stream 2, corps members at the NTSC Orientation Camp in Afikpo…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Gov. Ayade dispels rumours of planned curfew in Calabar

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has debunked speculations that the government was about to declare curfew in the state capital, Calabar. Mr. Ayade made government’s position known on Tuesday through his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita. In a statement, the governor said he has no intention to declare…

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Many feared killed in ongoing cult war in Cross River

Many are feared dead in an ongoing clash between two rival gangs in Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, the police, residents and witnesses have told PREMIUM TIMES. Trouble started when a tricycle operator belonging to a cult group named the “Marvians,” refused to pay a loading…

Nigerian judge accused of abuse of power begs NJC to review his compulsory retirement

An embattled judge in Cross River State, Bassey Ebuta, has urged the National Judicial Council, NJC, to review the compulsory retirement order slammed on him. He also appealed to the council to take a second look at the petition which it relied upon to hand him the retirement. The embattled…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Cash Crunch: Homeowners’ increase cost of rent in Cross River

The current economic reality in the country has forced homeowners in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, to increase rents on their properties, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report. Investigation by this newspaper revealed that residents were beginning to cry out following the development that started early this year. As at…

Gunmen attack Olumba Obu’s “virgins” in Calabar

Unidentified gunmen on Monday attacked three female priests of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, South-south Nigeria. The female priests aged between 20 and 25 are part of the 144,000 members of the sect’s Body of Virgins. They were reportedly attacked along Mbupka/Ambo streets…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Dozens feared killed in multiple communal clashes in Cross River

Many people are feared killed in ongoing communal clashes in Cross River State, South-south Nigeria. Fighting is said to have broken out between four communities in Cross River Central Senatorial and Northern Senatorial districts, during the weekend. In the Central Senatorial district, the crisis involved Ebum community in Obubra Local…

Chased out of Akwa Ibom, ‘miracle’ herbal medicine dealers pour into Calabar

There are growing concerns by residents of Calabar, the Cross River State capital, over the upsurge of 'miracle' herbal medicine dealers, who have taken over major streets of the metropolis. The traditional drugs dealers might have fled neighbouring Akwa Ibom State into Cross River following that state's ban on the…

Over 1,000 Bakassi returnees allege neglect by government

Over 1,000 returnees of the ceded Bakassi Peninsula have alleged that both the Cross River State and federal governments have neglected them since they relocated from Cameroon to the country.   On October 9, 2012, Nigeria conceded the disputed Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon in line with the ruling of the…

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade

Flood submerges over 30 houses, displaces 200 in Calabar

Over 30 housing units were submerged while 200 persons have been rendered homeless in Calabar, Cross River State, following a heavy downpour at the weekend. Some of the areas affected include 8-Mile, CRUTECH staff quarters, Howell, Okoro Agbor, Goldie and Target streets. Other areas include Efut Unwanse community in Calabar…