By Our Reporter
Thomas Obi Tawo popularly called General Iron, who was sacked as Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State last week, has fled to the Republic of Cameroon to evade arrest according to reliable source.
The notorious former aide to governor Ayade who has been accused of committing different atrocities fled his native Oku village when he realised that security agents were closing in on him after he assaulted a former lawmaker, Mark Obi.
According to our sources, General Iron is currently taking refuge somewhere in southern Cameroon. It was gathered that, he escaped through the Danare community in Boki with the assistance of some of his boys.
Boki, a vast local area in central Cross River is bounded by the republic of Cameroon to the east. Most communitiess within the LGA shares common traditional and cultural belief with some areas in Cameroon. The Ejagham language is also commonly spoken by some communities in Boki and the republic of Cameroon.
General Iron is not only from the same Oku village with Hon Mark Obi, but they are said to be close relatives. This paper learnt.
Two weeks ago, he reportedly invaded the residence of Hon. Mark with several of his thugs and manhandled him, vandalizing his house and leaving him in a near death situation.
The lawmaker is said to be undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
Believed to be under the protection of the state government despite his many atrocities, The Parchment gathered that the state governor, Ben Ayade came under heavy pressure by some members of Mr Obi’s family who are highly placed within the Nigerian military.
“That was when the governor realised that he could no longer do anything and had to relieve him of his appointment to save his image and that of his administration” a source familiar with the matter told our reporter.
Last week, the governor through his media aide Christian Ita announced the sack of Mr Tawo, directing him to handover all government properties to the Chief of Staff. An action many consider as not sufficient for a man notorious for committing several atrocities.
“Those who cannot cope with his excesses have ran away from the village. He has sent so many people on exile. Infact we do not know where to begin from in outlining his many wickedness. Not even out traditional rulers can say anything” said a native of Oku who didn’t want her name mentioned.
Last year, he came under serious criticism from several rights group in Nigeria, after he accused some members of his community of being witches. He would later set them ablaze leading to the death of four persons and leaving many others injured.
Despite public outcry against the criminal activities of Mr Tawo, the Cross River State government continued to pay deaf ears to it. After the re-election of governor Ayade in 2019, he was rewarded with a political appointment.
As Special Adviser, Forest Security, he held sway as the sole administrator of most state government properties and investments in the LGA, including the rich and expansive Boki oil palm estate.