By Ushang Ewa
Two hoodlums wielding a gun and knife midweek attacked CrossRiverWatch Government House correspondent, Jonathan Ugbal robbing him of an undisclosed sum, phones and other valuables outside a financial institution along Mary Slessor Avenue in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
Jonathan who had stepped out of the governor’s office to assist a neighbour carry out a financial transaction at the Ecobank branch located opposite the controversial cultural center was attacked in the company of his neighbour MaryVal Ogri a few steps away from the gate when the incident happened.
Narrating his ordeal Jonathan said that “we had barely gone past the gate when a young man seemingly in his early thirties approached MaryVal and pointed a knife at her stomach demanding for money and before I could even utter a word or make a move, another came from behind and pointed a gun at me at a very close range.
“They collected our phones, cash, and a few other items and asked us to turn our backs and while attempting that, a tricycle zoomed past us which they jumped into with some people sitting at a nearby joint watching the event unfold”.
This is the third incident involving him as his apartment was burgled with the burglars carting away two laptops and other valuables a few days to the third anniversary of CrossRiverWatch.
The second was an attempt by a hoodlum to collect his now lost phone which was botched as he successfully wrestled off the attacker while returning from work on Monday, September 7, 2015 which leaves questions marks on the security of people and goods especially with the recent incident just outside a financial institution despite the much publicized efforts to boost security around the state capital.
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