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Palace of the Muri Munene   The people of old Calabar comprising mostly the Efiks, Quas and the Efuts traditional kingdoms are highly noted for their traditional kinships and respect for the stool as well as other cultural values.   Before now, these kingdoms were revered institutions, which held sway in their domains and were worshipped by their subjects who saw the traditional rulers as ‘alpha and omega.’   Today, the reverse is the case. Though the other two powerful traditional institutions including the Efiks and the Quas, within the Greater Calabar community have their kings, the Efut nation has been dogged by controversies over the selection processes. For nearly a decade, the Efut community of Calabar South in Cross River, has been without a king.   The battle among the Efuts has made it impossible for a monarch to emerge after the transition of the former Muri Munene, Ita…

OG Jonni   A young Nigerian man identified as OG Jonni, has expressed thanks to God for being alive after the car he was in got involved in a horrific accident.   Jonni told his story on Facebook. According to him, the car somersaulted as many as three times before landing inside a river.   The accident occurred after the driver tried to avoid a tanker driving towards them. Jonni revealed that there were seven persons inside the car and no one died in the accident.   The accident scene   Below is how he told his story (sic):   “This is Thanksgiving of amazing grace, wonderful grace and bountiful grace, in fact I lack words to express this grace God showed upon me today “This happened at the early hours of today along calabar express way, on my way going to calabar with seven humans on it of which…

  Late Victoria Ekpe   The life of 32-year-old Victoria Ekpe, pictured above, has been abruptly cut short after a drunk policeman, Sergeant Edu Nkanu, who is also her neighbour at 11, Joseph Mkpa Street, Calabar, shot her to death in front of her six-year-old daughter last Sunday.   According to reports, the drunk police officer had staggered home moments before he pulled his trigger.   Narrating what happeed, a sister of the deceased, Elizabeth Bassey, who survived the bullet of the trigger-happy policeman, said   ”On Sunday evening myself and my late cousin went out and came back by 8:30p.m. She remained at the passage pressing her phone while I went in to change. By the time I came out she was still on her phone, and she asked me what was going on inside the room and I told her nothing.   “At that particular time, Nkanu came…

  One of the MTN offices closed down in Calabar   The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has taken over the premises of MTN to protest the alleged ill-treatment of MTN on her staffers in MTN Etta Agbor office, Calabar and other offices in across Cross River State.   Popular reports have it that the picketing of MTN stations (offices) is nationwide.   The pressure group has also threatened to go after other companies abusing the rights of Nigerian workers across the country.   See more photos:              

  Rotimi Amaechi (last end)   On Tuesday President Muhammadu Buhari was in Calabar for the commissioning of Rice Seedling Factory, Navy Reference Hospital and other major projects which was very successful.   The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi who accompanied him in the Journey, was photographed sleeping.   It appeared the hardworking politician spent much of the night with his eyes open and needed to make up for the lost time.  

  President Muhammadu Buhari has left Calabar, Cross River State, for Jos, Plateau State.   The President was in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State earlier on Tuesday, where he was billed to commission Automated Rice Seed and Seedling Factory.   According to the information provided by his Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, the President is already leaving the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, for Jos, Plateau State.   Plateau State had witnessed mass killings over the weekend, as 11 villages were sacked by persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.   See the tweet announcing President Buhari’s departure from Calabar to Jos:  

  The ongoing mosque project in Cross River   The whooping sum of N1 million have been to the Muslim Community by a Senior Pastor with the Peniel Church of God in Calabar, Apostle Essien Ayi, to facilitate the completion of a central mosque and Islamic Centre in the Cross River State capital.   According to The Nation, the cleric who represents Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar-South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said Nigerians should be their brothers’ keepers, irrespective of religion.   The federal lawmaker, who made the cash donation at Gbogobiri, a Hausa settlement in Calabar, said the gesture was also to appreciate the support he has enjoyed from them.   He said, “Every human being whether Christian or Muslim believes in God, the creator. The religion may be different. The mode of practicing may be different, but it is tilted towards one being, which is God.   “Also the…

The suspected cultists killed with one hand amputated   There is renewed violence in Calabar South of Cross River state as a suspected cultist was gunned down and his hand amputated by rival gang members at Wilkie Street by White House on Monday.   This is coming after two persons were on Sunday afternoon shot dead in a raging cult conflict between the two rival cult groups.   The supremacy fight which has been a recurring issue said to be between the Vikings Confraternity and Black Axe always leads to loss of lives as members from both side hunt and gun down members of the other group at will..   The Cross River Police Command Spokesperson, Ms Irene Ugbo confirmed to Vanguard that one arrest has been made while other killers are being haunted by the police.

The unidentified man killed over love tussle   A yet-to-be identified man has lost his life after being murdered in cold-blood on Sunday in Calabar, Cross River state capital. He was reportedly fighting over a woman with the alleged killer.   It was gathered that the deceased was whisked away from his residential area by the gunmen who arrived in a tricycle popularly called Keke Napep after cornering him at the junction.   He was reportedly shot at close range in the head and also in his abdomen, before he fell and died on the spot.   While some say the attack was cult related, multiple reports have it that the gruesome murder has been linked to a romantic tussle for a lady between the deceased and another unidentified man. It was reported that the deceased was wooed out to the open by the lady.

IPOB members   Igbo traders in Calabar, Cross River, on Wednesday defied the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.   IPOB had earlier issued an ultimatum asking members to sit-at-home on May 30 as a mark of honour for their fallen heroes.   A check by NAN correspondent at some popular Igbo business areas in the state shows that all their shops were open for normal businesses.   At Bedwell area in Calabar, a community largely occupied by the Igbo automobile spare parts, business activities were ongoing.   One of the traders, Mr Innocent Chukuwuma, said that staying at home because of the order from IPOB would not put food on his table.   According to Chukwuma, the order cannot be obeyed by all Igbo indigenes, saying that some people from the Eastern part of the country were not in support…