By our Reporter
A truck load of chemicals belonging to the Cross River State Water Board have been intercepted by men of the Nigerian police in Calabar.
The over twenty million naira worth of chemicals our sources say, was meant for the treatment of water for distribution across the state.
Residents of Calabar have severally complained about lack of water supply by the state owned water company to homes for many months now.
According to our sources, Managing Director of the state water board, Victor Ekpo allegedly connived with some persons outside the state to sell off the chemicals bought by the Cross River State government.
But Intelligence report and swift response by men of the Nigerian police led to the interception of the truck along Marian road in Calabar.
The state governor, Ben Ayade is said to be unhappy with the Managing Director who is also married to the local government affairs commisioner, Stella Odey.
When Mr. Ekpo was contacted on phone, he denied the allegations that he sold the chemicals, claiming that “the decision was taken by the entire board.”
According to him, “what happened was that we were owing alot, so to avoid letigations, we decided in our management meeting that the supplier should come and carry his chemicals back. So forget about the report that is going round, it is not true”
As at the time of filling this report, the truck driver have been arrested and currently in detention, while the truck has been impounded and taken to the state police headquarters in Calabar.
Meanwhile, the state government is yet to make official statement on the matter.