The Cross River State Government has described as diversionary the allegation by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa that the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, is shielding some government officials she accused of diverting relief materials meant for the displaced people of Bakassi.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Ita, accused Ita-Giwa of attempting to divert attention from the counter-claims by some indigenes of Bakassi accusing her of age-long diversion of materials and the resettlement fund meant for the rehabilitation of the people.
â€œRather than respond to the claims by Bakassi indigenes that she has over the years been diverting their relief materials and funds, Senator Ita-Giwa has resorted to blackmailing the governor in a bid to divert attention from the accusations by the indigenes that she has been diverting their relief materials.â€
According to him, â€œLast Christmas, the governor sent 300 bags of rice and other items to the displaced people of Bakassi. Because it was channeled through her, nobody heard anything about it.â€
The statement added that her grouse this time is that the relief materials were not channeled through her, â€œhence the heavens must fall.â€
Ita explained that â€œIt is instructive to state that following her allegation, the Department of State Services (DSS) swung into action and after a thorough investigation, concluded that the former presidential adviser could not substantiate her claim. This rendered her false accusation useless.â€
He said by the outcome of the DSS investigation, Senator Ita-Giwa has publicly embarrassed herself.
While describing the entire episode as unfortunate, the statement said it was however, not surprising by the â€œantics of Ita-Giwa who once boasted that she uses the media and the Police whenever she seeks relevance.â€
The statement added further that â€œthe governor, Ayade, is too busy trying to provide developmental projects for the people of Bakassi; some of which are the Bakassi social housing project, Deep Seaport among others than join issues with Ita-Giwa who is seeking relevance at any given opportunity.â€