Gunmen Snatch Cross River Deputy Governor’s Pilot Car


Bassey Inyang in Calabar

As the security situation in Calabar continues to deteriorate by the day, some dare devil gunmen Thursday evening allegedly snatched the pilot vehicle of the Cross River State Deputy Governor, Prof Ivara Esu, and killed a policeman in the process.

The driver of the pilot vehicle was also shot by the gunmen whose numerical strength could not be ascertained.

The attack by the gunmen took place at Goldie Street opposite the NNPC filling station in Calabar at about 7pm, when the pilot vehicle ran into a group of heavily armed men who were parading the street.

“After the executive council meeting at the Governor’s office in Calabar yesterday, the pilot vehicle led other cars as they escorted the deputy governor to his house.

“After dropping him off, the vehicles proceeded to drop the security men in the convoy in their houses. While they were driving along that Goldie Street axis, they ran into a traffic jam caused by a group of cultists operating in the area. The cultists, numbering over 20, were armed with guns and machetes. When the cultists descended on the pilot vehicle, they shot the driver and drove off with the car. The other people in the car scampered for safety,” a source who pleaded not to be mentioned narrated.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said a policeman who was shot during the melee, died later in the hospital.

Ugbo said the vehicle was later recovered by the police at the scene of the incident, adding that, so far, no arrest had been made.

She said the police was investigating the incident