Suspected hoodlums attack PDP chieftains’ houses in Cross River
Suspected hoodlums on Monday attacked and destroyed the property of some PDP chieftains in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River.
A correspondent who visited some of the affected houses reports that no life was lost.
It was, however, observed that the houses suffered considerable damage from the suspected political thugs alleged to be loyal to the deputy speaker of the State House of Assembly, Joseph Bassey.
The PDP chieftains affected included the State Organising Secretary, Nsa Ekeng, Atimbo West chairman, and Effiom Ekpo.
The seemingly coordinated attack had every vehicle in each of the houses destroyed, and windows shattered, while the attackers also broke into their houses, destroyed some property and looted some.
Mr Ekpo, who spoke with journalists, said the attack occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.
The chieftain, who said he knew the identities of the attackers, alleged they were shouting APC all through the attack.
“This attack was a fallout of the meeting the deputy speaker held in the community on Sunday evening and some of these boys were attendees in that meeting.
“In fact, during the attack, they were shouting that no PDP person will be allowed to vote during the elections and that they will come out with arms on election days to enforce it,” Mr Ekpo said.
However, the deputy speaker denied being responsible for the attack and that at no time did he send anybody to carry out anything of such.
Mr Bassey, who is the APC House of Representatives candidate for Calabar South/Akpabuyo/Bakassi Federal Constituency, claimed he had always played by the rule in politics.
“I am not from Akpabuyo nor do I have boys there. I only go to Akpabuyo whenever I am invited and it was such invitation I honoured on Sunday to inaugurate my campaign office in the area.
“Those alleging me responsible for the attack have nothing to say. I am against violence and thuggery in politics,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Sule Balarabe, said he was yet to be briefed on the attack.