By Jonathan Ugbal
Dozens of farms and a few structures have been destroyed at locations near the proposed Obudu international cargo airport in northern Cross River.
Residents told this reporter that armed troops of the Nigerian Army and personnel of the Nigerian Police Force accompanied bulldozers to the site earlier on Friday for the demolition without prior warning.
The airport project has been a subject of controversy following claims of non compensation and a fraudulent procurement process; allegations, the state has continued to deny.
A series of videos obtained by CrossRiverWatch show a woman cursing the state’s leadership in Bette language.
She could be heard swearing that it won’t be well with those in authority if anything happens to her farm.
“They saw me last week when I paid NGN10,000 for this farm to be weeded. This thing is not good, it is not fair,” she said.
Cassava, yams, potatoes and maize were among crops destroyed.
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