By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Cross River State Government has described as diversionary, allegation by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa that the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade, is shielding some government officials she accused of diverting relief materials meant for the displaced people of Bakassi.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Ita, accused Ita-Giwa of attempt to divert attention from counter-claims by some indigenes of Bakassi accusing her of age-long diversion of materials and the resettlement fund meant for the rehabilitation of the people.
“Rather than respond to the claim by Bakassi indigenes that she has over the years been diverting their relief materials and funds, Senator Ita-Giwa has resorted to blackmailing the governor in a bid to divert attention from the accusation by the indigenes that she has been diverting their relief materials.
“Last Christmas, the governor sent 300 bags of rice and other items to the displaced people of Bakassi. Because it was channeled through her, nobody heard anything about it.”
The statement added that her grouse this time is that the relief materials where not channeled through her, “hence the heavens must fall.”
“It is instructive to state that following her allegation, the Department of State Services (DSS) swung into action and after a thorough investigation, concluded that the former presidential adviser could not substantiate her claim. This rendered her false accusation useless.”
It said by the outcome of the DSS investigation, Senator Ita-Giwa has publicly embarrassed herself.
While describing the entire episode as unfortunate, the statement said the government was however, not surprised by the “antics of Ita-Giwa who once boasted that she uses the media and the Police whenever she seeks relevance.”
The statement added further that “the Governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade is too busy trying to provide developmental projects for the people of Bakassi; some of which are the Bakassi Social Housing project, Deep Seaport among others, than to join issues with Ita-Giwa who is seeking relevance at any given opportunity,” the statement concluded.
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