The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor has ordered the Paramount Ruler of Abi Local Government Area, Eval Osim Godwin and twelve (12) other traditional chiefs in Abi to appear before The Command on Tuesday, June 25th for alleged banishing of Ekureku indigenes and other cases of violation of human rights, cultism, threat to lives vis–à–vis conducts likely to cause breach of peace in Abi LGA.
In a letter of invite from the Police Commissioner addressed to the Abi Paramount Ruler and made available to Cross River Daily, the Abi Traditional Rulers are to report to the State Anti-Cultism/Kidnapping Squad, Cultural Center, Calabar on the 25th by 10.00 hrs prompt.
According to the letter, other chiefs booked to accompany the Paramount Ruler to Calabar for questioning are; Eval Fidelis Ebei Enya, Clan Head of Anon Ezeke; Chief Peter Etuki Egbara, Clan Head of Ekureku-B; Chief Martins Eval Bassey, Village Head of Akarefor Clan; Chief Gregory Imoke, Village Head of Anon-Ezeke; Chief Andrew Ekpoto, Village Head of Itigeve; Chief Emmanuel Eleng Ezeke, Clan Head of Agbara; Chief Pius Iyoku Nkanu, Village Head of Ngarabe; Chief Clement Bassey, Ngarabe Village Chief; Chief Donatus Ele, Attakongho Clan Head; Chief Damian Egbata, Village Head; and, Chief Francis Egbe Imoke, Agbara Village Chief.
Recall that Cross River Daily had reported the banishing of three (3) Ekureku indigenes and their families; Mr. Evans Bassey, Mr. Egbe Agbong and Mr. Iloke Godwin for bearing witness in a Court handling the petitions from the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency Election.
It is in the light of the above that the Police wade in on the matter which many consider a breach of fundamental human rights and infraction of peace.