By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Who Unleashed This Thug On Obudu?
I wish to kindly appeal to the Chief of Staff to the governor of Cross River state, Mr. Martin Orim; the Special Adviser Events Planning/Governor’s office, Mr. Aklah Kenn; the Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Chief Tony Undiandeye; the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Victor Agwu Adugba; the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Mike Eraye and every well-meaning Obudu man and woman to return this madness that has been unleashed on our town to its chain.
One Christian Ukpan Odey who is supposed to be a Special Assistant to the governor on Research and Branding as I hear, allegedly accosted the Publisher of FearlessReports, Inyali Peter in Obudu in company of another Special Adviser to the governor on Petroleum, Boniface Ishamali and with some thugs, beat him up.
His offence is that he writes things against the governor.
The same Christian Ukpan Odey accosted another Obudu based critic of the governor, Augustine Adie along with thugs and brutalized him, destroyed his phone and motorcycle, leaving him with a bruised head.
The same, Christian Ukpan Odey, last year accosted a CrossRiverWatch reporter at a restaurant in Obudu with some thugs and ordered them to slap him, which they did.
Now who is this Christian Ukpan Odey?
People generally refer to him as “Na Dr. Frank Boy”. For those who don’t know, Dr. Frank Ayade is the very powerful younger brother of the governor.
It also appears that people are afraid of challenging the actions of this Ukpan Odey because of his connection with Dr. Frank because everyone I have raised the matter with has been speaking hush hush.
When I write and insist that the governor has given precious titles and government positions to touts and renegades, people say I talk too much, now is this one not a tout? Should touts like this be associated with a government office or be locked in jail till they have a full dose of recompense?
Boniface Ishamali, the Special Adviser on Petroleum; I know this one a little bit. He was my classmate in GOSCO (Government Secondary School Obudu).
He is the person that Sir Venatius Ikem stabbed and was dragged to court. He has even served fresh court summons on Mr. Ikem, I learnt. He has called Vena all kinds of unprintable names including tout.
In 2016, Boniface Ishamali and his brother were driving an SUV along Ranch road in Obudu. A certain Okada boy (commercial motorcyclists) from Boki who was coming behind them overtook them, they drove after him and blocked him, came down and beat the fella to pulp for having the audacity to overtake them. Nothing happened. The boy is poor. He just went home and kept quiet.
It is the same Boniface that dragged Vena to court.
Now he is accompanying another appointee to beat up journalists. Maybe it is because he is the younger brother to Dr. Frank’s wife. He forgets that the courts open not only when he is stabbed but also when he beats others too.
I still believe in my heart that governor Ayade may not be aware of this overzealousness. Honestly, I still want to give him that benefit of doubt. But, I am appealing to those who have the power, to halt this trend and very quickly too.
We know that times have changed. Some persons have become big men. God who changed the times for these big men has not retired. He is still in the business of changing times for others too.
This madness should be returned to the manacles. These thugs should be told the truth; no government is never criticized, including Ayade’s.
NOTE:Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Agba Jalingo, and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.
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