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#EndSARS: A’Ibom refutes police claim Akwa Ibomites responsible for massive looting in Cross River

From INI FRIDAY, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State Government has refuted police claims that massive looting and arson in Cross River State in the wake of the #EndSARS protests were perpetrated by people from Akwa Ibom State.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, said the allegations made by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Cross River State Police Command that the looters were transported from Akwa Ibom were baseless.

In a press statement he issued earlier today in Uyo, Ememobong said existing security evidence in the State showed that the claim was incorrect and misleading.

He revealed that the Navy and other security agencies have verified that there was no transportation of hoodlums by water from the state to loot in Cross River.

He described the claims attributed to the PPRO in Calabar as careless, saying it was capable of causing a rift between the sister states and sued for caution against such inciting comments.

“The grave allegation by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Cross River State Command that the perpetrators of the dastardly acts of looting and arson that occurred in the Cross River State Capital, Calabar, came from Akwa Ibom is manifestly untrue and misleading,” the Commissioner’s statement read in part.

“This State Government’s position was arrived at after a comprehensive review of existing evidence by security agencies in our state.

“It became clear that the attacks on public and private property in Calabar was not and could not have been carried out by people who were transported from our state for that purpose, as there was no such transportation of hoodlums by water, from our state to Cross River State, as claimed by some fake reports.

“There is a clear difference between an act committed by non-indigenous residents and that committed by people who are visiting for the purpose of commuting crime.

“The statement by the PPRO paints a picture that the hoodlums left Akwa Ibom to Cross River to commit the crime-this is false as both Naval Ships and other security agencies within the jurisdiction can attest that there was no such movement.

“We are deeply concerned about such a careless statement by a Police Officer, as it has the capacity to create strife between the sister states.

“Moreover, We are also conscious that the now dreaded and globally condemned Xenophobia has its origin in such negative indiscretions.

“We hereby restate here and for the records that, no hoodlums were loaded and transported in boats from Akwa Ibom to Cross River State as claimed by some reports and that the people who wrecked the senseless carnage in Calabar, did not go from Akwa Ibom state to commit the crime.”

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