In Cross River, Ayade imposes 24hr curfew as hoodlums burn down buildings, cart away COVID-19 palliatives

Cross River state governor Ben Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Cross River state following the burning down of public buildings and wanton destruction of shops and property by hoodlums in Calabar, the state capital.

Blueprint correspondent gathered that hoodlums had invaded SEMA warehouse adjacent the state government-owned Chronicle newspaper, carted away relief materials and set part of the newspaper house ablaze.

They later ransacked government ware houses at Bishop Moynach avenue and the one at the ministry of works, Ekorinim and packed away COVID 19 palliatives which included bags of rice, cartons of noodles, amongst other items.

A statement made available to reporters late Friday and signed by Mr Christian Ita, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor, said the curfew would start from 6pm on Friday, October 23, 2020.

“Following the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums, the state governor, Sir Ben Ayade has imposed a 24hr curfew in the state starting from 6pm on Friday, October 23, 2020.

” Residents of the state are advised to observe the curfew as security agents have been mandated to arrest anybody who flouts it,” the statement stated.

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