The Cross River state government has sought 35 young people for their alleged involvement in recent killings related to sect rivalry in the state.
It has been reported that more than eight people have been killed in various locations in the state capital, Calabar, in the last two weeks because of cult rivalries, presumably between the “Brotherhood of the Black Axe” and a rivalry called “clans”.
In a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary for Security, Office of Special Duties, Governor’s Office, Calabar, Alfred Mboto said that “the spate of killings and violence taking place in the metropolis of Calabar in connection with the domination of various brotherhoods is alarming and unacceptable to the government and people of Cross River State.
“In light of this development, the state has declared the following individuals, who have been identified as the wanted leaders of the Rings, as wanted individuals:”
He gave the names of the 35 young men and their nicknames and known contact or residence addresses.
Among the individuals listed are a candidate for the office of Councilman in South Calabar District 6 under the PPD and two individuals recently released from prison by the Chief Justice exercising the prerogative of pardon and release from prison as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic
Names of the 35 youths, nicknames and addresses
1 Kufre Ekpo Eyo (Romansh) – son of Chief Ndabo Ogote Ekpo Etim of Uwanse, South Calabar.
2 Sampon Joshua Oval (Samsung) – Ikot Effangha, Calabar/Abi LGA
3º Cyril Bassey (PDP) Candidate for Council Presidency, Calabar South, District 6.
4. Gershom Edem
5th Samuel Emeka Obi #6 Atim Edem Rise Street, Calabar
6. emeka II
7th Cornel Joe Edet (House of Representatives, Apo District, Abuja)
8th Charley – (12 White House Street, Calabar).
9th Junior (son of Yanky, Charmbley near Punchstreet) Calabar South
10 Supreme Etete -22 White House Street, Calabar South
11. obong ete
12. Owatt G. (Dede’s younger brother)
14 (Ekpo Iso Street)
16. Francis Nkoro (STAM)
17 Christian (Dr. Dean Street)
18. small – (19 Chambley Street, Calabar)
19 Akan – (33 Chambley Street Calabar)
20 Eteka Bulldog – (Grandma Street, Calabar) – Recently amnestied by the Acting Chief Justice
21. 1313 – (Akpabuyo) – (Akpabuyo)
22. ita oku ndiyo (odukpani)
25th Edet Ekpo Eyo
#5 Edibe Edibe Street Calabar South
28 Ete Eka (WAPI)
29th AC Milan
30th Jide (military police)
31. andem Dick
32. Charles Awkey
33 Awaji Felix Likam
34 Okon Eyo – Recently, the Acting Chief Justice granted an amnesty under the privilege of mercy.
35. Charlie – (Prison staff)
The statement also revealed that a handsome reward was waiting for any person or group of persons who would provide useful information leading to the arrest of one of the wanted persons so declared.
It warned that “any house/hotel housing one of these persons or other offenders will be confiscated and the owner of the property will be prosecuted accordingly”.