Saturday, 11 August 2018

Man Place Charms On Gate Of Multi-billion Naira Flour Mill In Cross River

The people of Calabar were stunned Friday when they woke up to the sight of charms placed on the door of a multi-billion naira factory along the Murtala Mohammed Highway in the capital Cross River, according to the Daily Post.

The "juju", consisting of yellow palm leaves and "Ekpe" leaves, was hung at the entrance of the company by unknown persons accused of owning the land.

It was found that the villagers took the lead because the company was not interested in the plight of the people and that the host communities did not receive their rights, including the employment of young people in better positions.

"In most cases, when this happens, it means the company was not paying enough attention to the needs of the homeowner communities and the people.

"In the case of this society, young people complain about unemployment while homeowners communities also say they were not taken away," added the source.

The company's workers were seen outside discussing group development.

A traditional Efik security holder, Etubom Micah Archibong, who was seen on the company's premises, lamented the situation.

He stated that as a member of the host community, he was not part of the group that had placed the juju in front of the company.

"I do not know the cult group that put the injunction in. I want to know the people who put this thing ... people are always looking for supremacy.

"I saw him last time and warned them, I told them that my grandfather owned this place, and since I'm here, I have the whole document about the area, and this document shows that I am here. one of the legitimate owners of the place.

"They needed to consult us Since 1974, when we went to court, we won the case, the Kasuk community raised their hands and a document was signed by the traditional rulers.

"The document said King Archibong's great and great-grandchildren should not be bothered to take advantage of the produce of the land.The land was given duty-free.

"The Chief Justice has instructed in one of the traditional questions in court that not everyone should do anything in the territory of another person," he said.

Archibong said that it had heard of the unemployment complaint and other benefits that the company management had not given, but regretted that the injured parties had not yet consulted the elders.

"They should have consulted the elders, they did not know it was my territory, it was Obutong who did that, they want to claim the land, they gave the land and they can not come back on demand.

"It's an intrusion, we are the community of owners, we want to do some extensive research to find out who is involved in this sacrilege, and I will not stop there.

"I am the grandson of the owner of the land, King Archibong, the third, who owned the entire land of the mill," he added.

When contacted, the police's public relations officer, Irene Ugbo, said she had not yet received a report on the matter, saying "no one has reported this case to us."

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