26,000 displaced by windstorm in Cross River

26,000 displaced by windstorm in Cross River

No fewer than 26,000 people have been displaced and roofs of 2,200 public and private houses blown off in Cross River State. Four people have also been killed in the state following the torrential downpour and windstorm of the past few days.

The Unicef Desk Officer and the Programme Manager for State Emergency Management Agency, Messrs Anthony Unoh and Andy Akpotu-Adesi, conducted newsmen round the affected council areas and various communities.

They said the incident occurred on May 1, 2012, and that the affected local government areas include Ikom, Obanliku, Bekwarra and Obudu. Others are Yala. Ogoja and Boki. The affected public buildings include secondary and primary schools, and that the students and the pupil are now forced to learn under trees.

Abia govt summons eight petroleum marketers for alleged sabotage.

The Abia State government has summoned eight independent petroleum marketers in Aba for allegedly selling adulterated products to the public. The state's Commissioner for Petroleum and Solid Minerals, Chief Don Ubani, told newsmen in Aba yesterday that they were also summoned for meter adjustment and sale of diesel above approved pump price. He said the government would not condone greedy petroleum marketers trying to rubbish the state economy, adding that the defaulters would be punished accordingly.

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