Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River says the state will require N5 billion to repair the Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC) vandalised by hoodlums.
Ayade made this known on Monday, while reaffirming the curfew imposed on Calabar and its environs.
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The hoodlums on Friday and Saturday took advantage of the #ENDSARS protests and looted items at the centre after they vandalised it.
“This is not the Cross River that I was born into; it is unlike us,’’ the governor said.
Ayade said that the action would have negative impact on the progress of the state’s industrialisation efforts aimed at jobs creation.
Police and other security agencies deployed to the town had started raiding the suspected criminal hideouts with a view to recover the looted items. (NAN)