Widow of late Effiom Okon Effiom and a mother of five was on Wednesday left to sleep with her children on an open field as the Director General Cross River State Development Control Agency, Engr. Oxford Egbe orders his men to demolish her property allegedly on the orders of Governor Ben Ayade.
The DG storm the property located directly opposition Cross River Rice Seeds and Seedling factory at Goodluck Jonathan bypass at about 11am and hewed down the building noting that the Governor order no property be developed in the area and those developed should be dismantled.
The widow, Mrs Imabon Okon Effiom in a chat with Africa Today reveals that the property in question was purchase as at 2011 and all documents completed.
“My husband bought this land in 2011 when there was no Jonathan by pass road nor Ayade dreaming to be governor, but today he(Ayade) directed this people to come and demolish the only property and sweat left for me and my children to survive by my late husband” she lamented.
She narrated that her rent expired in her former location hence the need to pack into the house though it wasn’t completed only for them to face such a horrid experience in the hands of a government that asserts to wearing a human face.
The widow who’s husband is still at the mortuary appealed to Engr. Egbe and indeed the Governor to rebuild her house or relocate her properly.
“I call on spirited Cross Riverians to help us for we have no strength to fight the government talk less Governor Ayade”
With a teary eye,Mrs Okon threatens that she will be forced to take her life if the government of Cross River can’t resettle or rebuild her demolished property,averring that she does not know what to do with her five children aged 16 and 3 years.
An eye witness and a brother to late Okon,Chief Erete Mkposo while narrating the entire ordeal said the property in question has all the relevant documents and was purchased long before the new road was built.
He stated that the whole drama started as at February when some government officials marked the property for demolition “and we quickly when to the Cross River State Board of Internal Revenue Service and paid all the necessary fees only for us to witness this kind of an inhumane action” he regretted.
Mkposo condemn the State Government’s action while calling on the relevant government Agencies,Civil Society Organizations and Rights groups to come to the aid of Mrs Okon for justice .
Investigations by Africa Today reveals that the property is a two bedroom bungalow located around the area where several industries are said to be ongoing .
All efforts to speak with the DG proves abortive as his mobile telephone number was not going through.
The property is said to value at about 2.8 million naira.