By Ushang Ewa
Thieves in the space of one week broke into the premises of two government owned media outfits in the state carting away power transmission cables leading to the crippling of activities in the two corporations.
The media outfits affected are the state owned broadcasting and print media outfits, Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC) and Cross River Newspaper Corporation (CHRONICLE) respectively.
Reports so far indicate that CHRONICLE suffered first, what is fast becoming a lucrative business for the elements involved mid last week with no official statement emanating from the Corporation which, for years has suffered from lack of infrastructure just as it is still unclear what happens as contracts awarded have driven the structures located along Barracks road to a state of comatose.
The breach which was kept in hush tones due to the sensitivity of the matter is beginning to surface as neighbouring CRBC suffered from same fate Tuesday night, in what a few staff of the Corporation described as “mysterious” despite the presence of security personnel round the clock.
The Corporation’s administrative block and most offices in the production block which houses the studio had no electricity up till around 1:30 pm, Wednesday.
These incidents beg questions of the security situation in the capital city of Calabar with reports suggesting security agencies have their hands full owing to an influx of criminal elements from neighbouring states as well as a slight upsurge in street hoodlums just as the police is occupied with a backlog, dating back to December 2014, of prosecutions.
This latest incident is the fifth time thieves will be carting away transmission equipment from CRBC fuelling speculations that it may be insider sources that are doing the stealing. Anti-Lightening Equipment Stolen From Cross River Broadcasting Corporation
Some of the management staff of the two outfits who were contacted by our reporter were not willing to comment on the incident.
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