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Youth group tasks Ayade over worsening insecurity in Akpabuyo, Bakassi

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

With reported cases of increased in cult-related killings in Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas of Cross River state, a foremost youth group, Nka Ikemesit Mkparawa Essien Efik Duopeba, has appealed to Gov Ben Ayade to beef up security in those areas just as he has done in the state capital, Calabar.

Speaking through a press statement made available to our reporter in Calabar, weekend, shortly after their general meeting, the youth group decried spates of violent crime in those two local government areas.

The statement, which was signed by the group’s Chairman, Ekpo Ekeng, Vice Chairman, Adim Ekpenyong and Secretary, Edem Bassey, said increasing the level of surveillance with the security outfit, Operation Skolombo, would stem the tide of killing in the area.

“We appeal to the Governor that he should consider those local government areas for enhanced surveillance.

“He should also empower our young men with even vocational training to keep them busy. This is the only way to stop insecurity,” the group stated.

The group also charged the state government to ensure equitable distribution of whatever it presents as empowerment for youths, and commended government in its efforts at curtailing the menace of criminalities in Calabar and environs.

The youths, however, commended some Efik leaders for their roles in the fight against insecurity, saying those leaders had always open their doors to the youths thereby giving them a sense of belonging.

The statement disclosed that among those playing significant roles in the said fight were Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, who, they said, would be honoured with the title ‘Eka Mkparawa Essien Efik Duopeba,’ as well as Prof Eyo Etim Nyong and former Minister, Edem Duke amongst others

According to the group, other leaders like Arc Bassey Ndem, Ntufam Ekpo Okon, former Deputy Governor Efiok Cobham, Senator Bassey Otu, Emmanuel Asikpo, Engr Ben Akak, Bassey Mkposong, Rt Hon Daniel Asuquo, Rt Hon Eta Mbora, Charles Ikpeme and Bassey Archibong, were listed for special awards as patrons for standing up against insecurity one way or the other.

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