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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State

Ayade govt denies alleged killing of UNICROSS student by DSS

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State

By Sixtus Uket (Calabar)

The Cross River State Government has denied widely circulated reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) shot to death, a student of the University of Cross River (UNICROSS), within the university’s premises.
There were reports in some national newspapers and social media platforms of the alleged killing of the student by the DSS on February 9, 2023.
But in a statement tagged: “Akpaku Joint Security Taskforce Neutralises Notorious Cultist in Cross River State,” issued Saturday in Calabar, the State capital, the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Governor’s Office, Calabar, Dr. Alfred Mboto, said the reports were misleading.
“The attention of Cross River State Government has been drawn to misleading reports in some national dailies and social media platforms alleging that the Department of State Services (DSS), shot to death a student of the University of Cross River (UNICROSS), within the school premises on February 9th, 2023,” the statement stated.
It also stated that, “the said student was not after all, an ‘innocent student’ as reports had portrayed him.
“To set the record straight, the alleged student is known by the pseudo name, “Valley”. However, his real name is Austin Norwich Kingsley and he is a notorious cultist, armed robber and kidnapper who has been on the wanted list of security agents for a long time.
“Valley was wanted for murder of a fellow student, kidnapping and armed robbery for almost a year.
“He was on a mission to commit heinous crimes in the institution when he was intercepted by the State Government-owned joint security operation team code-named, “Operation Akpakwu,” while on patrol.
“On sighting the joint security team, Valley opened fire on the operatives who returned with superior fire-power. In the ensuing exchange, he was gunned down,” the statement said.
It maintained that the clarification became necessary in order “to put a lie to the allegation that DSS operatives wholly neutralised Valley.”
It added that, “for the avoidance of doubt, Operation Akpakwu is comprised, the Police, Army, Navy, Airforce, DSS and the Civil Defence operatives.”
The statement urged the general public to disregard the deliberate misinformation aimed at impinging on the integrity of the DSS.

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