By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Federal Ministry of Justice has requested Nigeria’s secret police; The DSS to investigate an alleged threat to life of some indigenes of Cross River State.
The Attorney General of the Federation in a letter dated September 26, 2017 and addressed to the Director General of the DSS requested the Department to investigate the “severe threats to life, intimidation and insecurity of some indigenes of Cross River State.”
The letter said the indigenes whose lives were threatened “have openly opposed the bad government policies in Cross River State.”
The letter sighted by CrossRiverWatch named Ifere Paul, a critic of the current administration, as one of the indigenes whose life is facing a threat.
The petition also fingered two state actors and one non-state actor in the alleged plot.
“The petitioner alleges that some top government officials, particularly Mr. Martin Orim, the Chief of Staff to the executive governor of Cross River State and Mr. Jude Ngaji, SSA to the Governor on Security Matters and Mr. Frank Ayade, brother to the governor of Cross River State respectively are strategically planning the assassination of one Mr. Paul Ifere,” the letter read.
It also said there was a failed assassination attempt on one Mr. Joseph Odok.
However, there was an error in the designation of the alleged person suspected to have perpetrated the failed attempt on Mr. Odok as he was described as the “Director-General of Homeland Security, a security outfit controlled by the Cross River State Government.”
Mr. Odu and official sources have said he is a Director in the Department which is under the office of the State Security Adviser, Mr. Jude Ngaji.
Some sources in Government House, Calabar, say security agencies may have invited the government officials to clarify their roles in the allegations.
One of our source also said that the state government officials are accusing the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Prosecution, Okoi Obono Obla, for being responsible for the letter from the Attorney General’s office, but CrossRiverWatch was unable to independently confirm any of these.
Mr. Jude Ngaji, the State Security Adviser, SSA had earlier told CrossRiverWatch that he had no connection with the allegations and vehemently denied getting any invitation from any security agency.
He said he is the State Security Adviser and his job is to secure the state and not otherwise and distanced himself from the allegations.
Attempts to confirm whether action has been taken on the letter from the DSS were still futile as at press time.
Our source at the Department was not sure of the details and promised to get back.