Ex-militants under the Bakassi Strike Force, who surrendered arms and ammunition through the Amnesty Programme arranged by the Cross River State Government in 2018, yesterday stormed the Governor’s Office, protesting that the government had reneged on the agreement reached with them.
The ex-agitators, clad in black clothes, besieged the Governor’s Office around 8am and blocked the road. They did not allow vehicles to pass through the area.
The former militants, led by one ‘Timaya’, created scenes even with the presence of policemen stationed at the gate and the road leading to the Governor’s Office.
‘Timaya’ said they were protesting the non-payment of their money, which was supposed to have been paid since December 2018.
The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the State Security Service, Mr. Alfred Mboto, implored them to give the government time to meet their grievances.
After more than four hours of pleading, Mboto sourced for N500,000 and gave it to them, but the protesters got angry and insisted that they would not collect it.
He told the ex-militants that Governor Ben Ayade was working on their case and would convene a meeting with their leaders, but this statement annoyed them because, according to one of them, “since 2018 the governor has reneged on his agreement.”
The demonstrators opened the Governor’s Office’s gate and disrupted activities for hours.