By Jonathan Ugbal
Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade has directed security officials mobilized to different parts of the Calabar metropolis to enforce the 24 hour curfew earlier announced not to shoot at those who ransacked warehouses to cater away foodstuffs.
A statement signed by his spokesman, Mr. Christian Ita said Mr. Ayade has directed the law enforcement agents, “not to shoot at crowds that broke into some warehouses to take foodstuff meant for distribution as palliatives.”
At least two warehouses belonging to the State and housing foodstuffs as well as the Calabar South Local Government secretariat have so far been ransacked.
The council was first burgled by masked men with furniture and other valuables carted away.
And, some protesters who were frustrated at the lack of audience from the Governor after they had took to the streets, marching round the city in support of the #EndSARS movement later marched to, and ransacked a warehouse housing COVID-19 palliatives near the Governor’s private residence at the State Housing Estate and one at Barracks road, used by the State’s Emergency Management Agency were ransacked.
And, Mr. Ita’s statement said, “the Governor is sad at the ugly turn of events following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state.
“While urging security agents to apply the utmost restrain in trying to enforce peace, they should do so without shooting at any one.
“He appealed to everyone to give peace a chance as government works hard to meet the demands of the young people.”
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