Ex-Rep raises alarm over gun scare in Calabar

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Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

A former member of the House of Representatives in Cross River State, Mr. Paul Adah, has raised the alarm over gun scare in front his house in Calabar.

The incident, which happened on September 10, is the second attempt as unknown gunmen had in December 2015 shot sporadically at his roof top and walls in a suspected assassination move.

Adah, who was the immediate past member representing Cross River State in the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress shortly before the first gun scare.

In the latest development, the former lawmaker said two young men were arrested after the gun shots in front of his house with a Toyota Hilux van bearing an official number of the Cross River State Government.

He said, “I was sitting within my compound with some friends when we heard some gun shots in front of my gate. My security men were at alert and they responded from the inside. When they later opened the gate to find out what was happening, they saw two men who were inside a Hilux van with government registration number.

“We saw police outside who said that they have been monitoring the movement of the vehicle around the Asari-Iso area before tracing them to my Close. One of the boys was arrested hiding under the flower.

“They were alleged to have hidden their guns when the police came. I cannot say I suspect a foul play but it will be coincidental to have gun shots at your building and assume it is normal.”

Adah said that he was surprised that on getting to the state Housing Police Station on Monday, the suspects had been released on the account that there was no incriminating material found on them.

“I am embarrassed that the boys who were caught in front of my house could be released without taking statement from them or my security detail. I do not know if this was a planned attack,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, denied the claims that it was assassination attempt.

Inuwa said it was a case of two boys arguing in front of Adah’s house, adding that no incriminating item was recovered from the boys.

“Policemen were going around the area when they came across two people that were fighting. Nothing incriminating was recovered from them,” he said.

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