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Cross River senator-elect alleges threats to life

But the state information commissioner called it a figment of Jarigbe's imagination.

The member of House of Representatives for Yala/Ogoja federal constituency, Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe who is currently awaiting to be sworn in as senator for Cross River North Senatorial District, has raised alarm about threats to his life by agents of the Cross River government.

But the state information commissioner called it a figment of Jarigbe’s imagination.

In a telephone interview, Jarigbe said it was clear that agents of the Cross River State government were behind an assassination attempt.

The Senator-elect said: “From the information at my disposal which I will make available to security agencies, including DSS and the police, there are obvious daily threats to my life. These threats are from agents of the state government.

“During the primary election there was heavy shooting, targeted at me and my supporters. One of them, Charles Onwe was killed in the office of the commissioner for local government affairs. Another, chairman of a ward was shot at. Till now he is still in the hospital; he cannot walk again…”

Jarigbe challenged the victory of Dr Stephen Odey, former SUBEB boss whom the state governor allegedly backed for the last Senatorial race where he was thought to have won under controversial circumstances.

The case went up to the Supreme Court which finally declared Jarigbe as the authentic candidate and winner of the byelection.

Reacting, Commissioner for information, Asu Okang  said it was figment of Jarigbe’s imagination, adding that the government is a law-abiding one and has better things to do.


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