Comptroller of Immigration Service in Cross River State, Chris Baikie has lamented the reluctance of the Cross River State government to attend to their request for 34 hectares of land to erect a spacious and befitting state headquarters in Calabar.
He explained that the present state headquarters is now grossly inadequate for personnel and many offices.
He said his predecessors had made several appeals for land and gunboat to help them patrol the maritime boundaries without success.
He said the government has been very reluctant to support or attend to their requests which should be a 50-50 win for both sides.
“The Cross River government is very reluctant to grant us allocation for the 34 hectares land to enable the Nigeria Immigration Service Cross River State Command move from its present cramped up location to a more spacious one that will be a Win-Win situation for all stakeholders!
“The government has also been silent on our request for gunboat which is to be used to secure marine interests of the state”.
Baikie said he was not resting on his oars as he has also approached their Service headquarters Abuja on the same issue of Gunboat.
In another development, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that eight persons died in a communal clash between Alesi community in Ikom Local Government Area and their neighbours, Ochon community in Obubra Local Government Area.
Godwin Tepikor, South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, made the confirmation during an on-the-spot assessment of the communal crisis in both communities on Saturday.
Tepikor said that the crisis which occurred on March 7, 2022, broke out as a result of a land dispute between the two neighbouring communities.
He told the Newsmen on the sideline of the assessment that no fewer than 2,008 persons were affected and had been displaced from their ancestral homes.
“The crisis that erupted between Ochon and Alesi communities in Obubra and Ikom local government areas claimed the lives of eight persons, four were injured on both sides and over 2,008 displaced.
“Several buildings and household property were destroyed in the process.
“The affected persons were scattered amongst neighbouring communities within the local government areas of the state”, he said.
Reports have it that officials from the Nigerian Army and members of the affected communities were also in the team during the assessment.