Cross River Assembly To Investigate Shooting Of Students By Soldiers

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

One of the wounded students at UCTH (File Picture)

The Cross River State House of Assembly is set to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the shooting of 3 students by security agents in Calabar, the Cross River State capital during this year’s childrens’ day celebration.

CrossRiverWatch had reported in May, 2017 that soldiers attached to ‘Operation Skolombo; an anti-crime outfit set up by the state comprising of personnel of the armed forces and other arm bearing paramilitary organizations charged with maintaining law and order shot and wounded three students who were protesting the sharing of the sum of NGN13million largesse given them at the stadium as part of activities marking the childrens’ day and Cross River at 50 celebrations.

The legislative arm of government has mandated its committee on ICT, Information, Youths and Sports headed by Honorable Matthew Olory (PDP Akamkpa 1) to probe the incident.

This followed a motion of urgent public interest moved by Honorable Hillary Bisong (PDP Boki II) calling for investigation into the matter which was granted with the Speaker, Honorable John Lebo charging the committee to invite all relevant bodies in the matter.

These include the Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Asu Okang, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, heads of all security agencies in the State, representatives of the Student Union Governments in the University of Calabar, the Cross River State University of Technology and College of Health Technology, youth groups and National Youth Service Corp members.

The House condemned the crisis which led to the shooting and also mandated the committee to visit the affected students in the hospital, ascertain the bills incurred, also interface with the parents of the victim and report back to the House.

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