By Our Reporter
The Police in Cross River State has launched a manhunt to recover a rifle allegedly stolen by youths of Oku community in Boki local government area of central Cross River State.
Oku community is over 230 kilometers north of Calabar, the Cross River State capital and is one of the host communities of the Palm Oil estate whose ownership has become an issue of controversy with the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barrister Tina Agbor and the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on administration, Mr. Mark Obi fingered in fueling the crisis.
The PUNCH Newspapers reports that the rifle was snatched when Oku youths allegedly stormed the Divisional Police Station Thursday night at about 11PM to release their colleague earlier arrested by the Police after he refused to work in harmony with the Special Adviser on infrastructure to Governor Ayade, Mr. Macthomy Agan who is said to be overseeing the estate as mandated by the Governor.
Agan said that some youths and elders from Oku who usually own more than five plots in the estate are now aggrieved because the new policy of `one man one plot’ does not favor them anymore.
“We are working hard to revive this estate and to generate more revenue for the state government. I have called all the youths and elders from the four landlord communities to support me in restoring peace in the estate but to no avail.
“I thank God that the police and other security agencies are currently on ground and doing their work in arresting all those causing violence here,” he said
But, the Commissioner for Police, CP Hafiz Inuw said that a team of Police officers in the intelligence unit have been dispatched to recover the stolen rifle.
“One of our rifles was snatched when some youths from one of the landlord communities of the estate stormed the divisional police station at night to release one of their members. We must get back our rifle; we will not tolerate any more nonsense from those people,” CP Inuwa said.