The Police high command in Cross River State has intensified efforts to recover the service rifle snatched in Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area, during yesterday’s bloody clash between youths in the area and suspected herdsmen, www.calitown.com can reveal.
Top police sources contacted maintain that the rifle was snatched from one of their men who was part of a team of policemen drafted to the area to prevent a breakdown of law and order in Itigidi. We also gathered that, John Gaul Lebo, Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, CRSHA, is spearheading efforts aimed at recovering the rifle. Lebo, who we also gathered has been in constant touch with the state police high command, has scheduled a meeting with Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa and leaders of thought in the area to assure the CP that the rifle will be found and returned to the police. The meeting will also seek to work out agreeable modalities to ensure that lasting peace returns to the area.
Liyel Imoke, former Cross River State governor, an indigene of the community, has expressed his disappointment and regrets at the youths/police face-of while suing for calm.
Recall that yesterday’s clash left one Itigidi youth dead and a gale of protests that nearly led to the burning of the police station in the area.
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