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 curfew in Calabar or any other part of the state.
He, therefore, urged residents of the state to disregard the rumour and go about their lawful businesses.
Mr. Ayade said there was no security challenge in Calabar that would warrant imposition of curfew.
He assured that security agencies were on top of security situation as 36 cultists who recently breached the peace in calabar were already in police custody.
“There is no security challenge in Calabar that would warrant imposition of curfew,” Mr. Ayade said
“I want to assure our people that security agencies are on top of security situation as 36 cultists who recently breached the peace in Calabar are already in police net.”
Calabar had in the last one week witnessed bloody clashes by members of rival gangs operating under the generic name “Skolombo Boys”.
Trouble started weekend, when a tricycle operator belonging to a cult group named the “Marvians,” refused to pay a loading fee of N50 to a member of a rival gang named “Ekpat”, near the Watt Market.
Since the ban on use of commercial motorcycle operations in Calabar metropolis and due to lack of enough taxis, tricycle, popularly called “Keke” has become a vital means of transportation in the city.
The failure of the tricycle operator to pay the required loading fee infuriated members of “Ekpat” gang, who immediately mobilized and beat him up.
Angered by the molestation of their member by the rival gang, some members of the Marvian cult group went on a reprisal attack.
During the fighting, the Marvians killed a prominent member of the rival gang, Emmanuel Abuchi, popularly known as “Actor” along Mayne Avenue Street.
The killing of Mr. Abuchi is said to have escalated the fighting as members of the Ekpat cult flooded many parts of Calabar South, searching for members of the Marvians.
The fighting is said to have claimed several lives and brought commercial activities to a halt in the area.
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