By Our Reporter
Members of the Cross River State special security outfit, Operation Akpakwu, yesterday almost killed a Calabar based journalist, when they hit a tricycle she boarded and abandoned her in the pool of her blood.
The incident happened along Lemma road in Calabar, where the radio station is located.
Operation Akpakwu is a joint security outfit, launched by governor Ben Ayade in December 2020, to tackle insecurity issues in the state.
The journalist, Mrs. Umo Gloria Akwang, staff of Sparkling FM, a private radio station in Calabar told our reporter that she was returning from work when agents of the security outfit followed closely the tricycle she boarded, hitting them in the process.
Despite the unprofessional conduct, members of the security outfit refused assisting the journalist to a clinic, nor gave reason for their action.
According to the journalist said, the tricycle then dragged her on the floor for a reasonable distance. She said when she finally stood up and asked the security team why they did that, they ignored her and drove away.
“They hit the tricycle that I was inside and I fell to the ground. The tricycle then dragged me for a reasonable distance and eventually stopped. Unfortunately, the operation Akpakwu members did not even care. Seeing me in that terrible condition, they abandoned me there and went there way, leaving me with blood gushing out of my body”
The journalist who now moves with the aide of a walking stick, told our reporter that she is currently in severe pains.
“Right now I can barely walk. I sustained several injuries and I’m in serious pains”
Attempts to reach the state commissioner proved abortive, as he did not pick his calls.
Calls made to the known phone number of Mr. Henry Okokon, State security adviser to governor Ben Ayade, was also unconnected.