By Ochiaka Ugwu
The Executive Council and members of Abuja Newspaper Vendors Association have in strong terms condemned the killing of about four innocent people by cultists and armed robbers in Ugep town describing it as dastardly and completely unacceptable.
In a press statement released in Abuja yesterday and signed by its Chairman, Comrade Etim Iwara Eteng, it urged the government and the police to step up their operations and take decisive steps to end the prevalent killings by apprehending these criminal elements.
According to the statement, “We note that these cultists carried out the killings in daylight for hours without any intervention or repression. And this points to negligence on the part of the authority to protect the people. The activities of these hoodlums have continued in the town unabated and this has been attributed to the lapses on the part of the authority.
“We the members of NVAA hereby appeal to the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammad Adamu to brace up, heed the cries of the Ugep people and immediately increase the staff strength of police personnel and provide operational vehicles for the Police in Ugep town.
“While commending the Inspector-General of Police for his efforts and that of his personnel in Abuja, we insist that security challenges in Cross River and other states of the nation must be tackled.
“We thank the Obol Lopon of Ugep and Paramount Ruler of Yakurr, the Chairman of the Security Summit Chief Okoi Obono-obla and his members for their timely efforts in proffering solutions to this ugly trend.
“We also commiserate with the victims and their family members while we call on the Commissioner of Police in Cross River State to beef up security in the state as well as take up the challenge to track down the cultists and killers of Emmanuel Utum Solomon” the statement concluded.