A young graduate, Mr. Charles Effiong Ewa who hails from Ebane Asim Royal Family of Big Qua Town in Calabar Municipality, is currently cooling in police cell for showing Cross River Governor Ben Ayade a placard with the inscription "I Need A Job".
A source, Mr. David Effiong told National Daily on Friday in Calabar that Charles has been detained for about three days now in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Cross River State Police Command without trial.
According to him, Mr. Ewa, frustrated after many years of graduation without a job took to the street when the governor was passing with his convoy with 'I Need Job' placard to draw the attention of the governor to his plight only to be arrested by security details attached to the governor.
He said that, "I wish to bring to your notice a recent molestation, unlawful and complete infringement of one Mr. Charles Efiong Ewa fundamental right by the orderlies attached to Governor Ben Ayade Convoy.
"The said Mr. Charles Efiong Ewa hails from Ebane Asim Royal Family of Big Qua Town in Calabar Municipality. Information gathered revealed that he wrote on a cardboard "I need a job His Excellency" in other to draw the attention of His Excellency Prof Sen Ben Ayade while in his usual blaring of siren in the street of Calabar.
"In the process, he was arrested and kept in prison custody in Cross River State CID for 3days now by some undemocratic and over-zealous orderlies of the Governor. This is a breach of Charles fundamental human right and total abuse to the tenet of democratic principle.
While appealing to civil society organizations and right activist to intervene in the situation, he said that, " I want to appeal to social crusaders to assist in looking into this matter by zooming their legal prism to x-ray the illegality in this matter and seek justice on behalf of this young man that is struggling with survival because of unemployment".
Condemning the act, Barr. Okoi Obono-obla, the Senior Special Adviser on Prosecution to President Muhammadu Buhari described the development as tyrannical, pathetic, undemocratic and unacceptable.
While urging the state police command to unconditionally release the victim, he urged the force not to allow itself to be used a tool of vendetta by government officials or politicians.
According to him, "I totally condemn the violation of the fundamental human rights of poor Charles Ewa by the officialdom in Cross River State in such a reckless and brutal manner. I humbly urge all men and women of conscience to condemn the Tyranny reigning in Cross River State and call on the Police to release forthwith citizen Charles Effiong Ewa".
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident saying that it was a serious offence and attempted assassination.
She said that, " Yes it is true. You know it is a serious offence to carry placard and walk to the governor's convoy that you need a job. In fact, it is an attempted assassination, so he is under our custody now and we're trying to salvage the situation ".
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