By: Ekpenyong Henshaw
National Association of Cross River State Students Worldwide (NACRISS) have threatened to shut down all forms of political activities in the state until the killers of a final year students of the Federal College of Education (FCE) Obudu is brought to book to face the full weight of the law.
Comrade Akpanke Bebianhobe disclosed this in Calabar after visiting the State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Godwin Etim John in his office with the executive of the student body.
His words “Mr. Chair we are here to register our protest over the gruesome murder of one of our own who was cut short by a stray bullet by one of your governorship aspirant during the consultation visit in Obudu Local Government Area recently leading to his death and one other students who was also wounded on the legs’’
‘’Before now we have Witten officially both to your party the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) giving you forty eight hours to bring the perpetrators of this bastardly act to justice or we will make sure that no political activities take place in the state after the expiration of the period’’
The NACRISS President lamented that in the past, students have been used and dumped by politicians, and in most cases become victims of electoral violence. He said the current executive wants to chart a new cause by not allowing any student to be sacrificed by any politician in the state.
Responding, the state Chairman of APC Godwin Etim John lamented over the demise of the final year student and assured that the party would not have condoned thuggery or cultism by any politician in the state and sympathized with the student body.
‘’As a party we will respond to your letter and attached same to the police and state security services on the issues raised, we want to assure you that we will cooperate with the security agencies to ensure that those responsible were brought to book’’
“I also want to let you know that the governorship aspirants are not our property because they are not candidate yet. We have no control over them, even as the go about soliciting for support. I want to assure you that no ambition of any body is worth the blood of any student. We condemned it and we are against it’’
Published in maiden edition, Lens Newspapers Vol. 1 No. 13.