Governor Ben Ayade’s office was yesterday blocked by a large group of’repentant militants’ from various regions of Cross River State.
They denied access to government officials, political appointees, and essential public personnel who were not part of the NLC strike.
One of their spokesmen said: “Since they begged us and we complied and renounced our activities and surrendered our guns in 2018 following state government promises for amnesty and settlement, nothing more has come.
“We attended some training but the starter packs have not come. The state government has not acted well. We are not happy. They should not take us for granted.”
Dr Alfred Mboto, the Permanent Secretary in the State Security Office, addressed the protesters and accused the federal government for failing to include Cross River in the federal amnesty program.
He reminded the ex-militants that the state government had done its part, and he promised to address their concerns further by January 2022.
He warned them not to take the laws into their own hands.