NIMASA official raises alarm over threat to life in Cross River

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It was gathered that the Head of Maritime Environment, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Cross River state, Mr. Auta Nicodemus Walbe has raised alarm over attempts by suspected assassins to eliminate him.

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Walbe told reporters in Calabar that the assassins have been on his trail for about three years, making life unbearable for him.

According to him, though he does not want to “expose the crux of the matter on the pages of newspapers”, the matter involved deep level of irregularities which he ensured were not perpetrated, hence some “highly placed individuals who feel they are untouchable” were after his life.

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He said, “The matter I am involved is very sensitive and I believe only top security officers can save me from these powerful people. I want to use this medium to appeal to His Excellency, President Mohammed Buhari to come to my aid because I am no longer comfortable because I have written severally to the various security agencies at the state level including the police and state security service with no positive response till date.

“I believe in due process and have never used my office for any form of graft and I have no issues with anybody that I know of, but like I said I would not like to bring to bear the crux of the matter on the pages of newspaper but would like the President himself to come to my aid before these powerful people will kill me.

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“I have served this country for 26 solid years nobody can claim I did anything wrong, I always stand for what is right and that is why I think I am being hunted like an ordinary animal, I am appealing to Mr. President to help me before they get to me,” Auta begged.

He said since 2013, he has been moving from one residence to another in a bid to escape being assassinated.

Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ozi Obeh Jimoh, said he was not aware of the matter but will look into it with a view to unraveling the mysterious circumstance surrounding the claim.

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