Arrmed cultists have attacked the convoy of the deputy governor of Cross River State, Prof Ivara Esu, shooting the driver and a policeman in a pilot vehicle dead in the process, The Nation reports.
According to the newspaper, the incident took place along Goldie Street, opposite the NNPC filling station in Calabar at about 7pm Thursday night.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying: “After the executive council meeting at the Governor’s office in Calabar yesterday (Thursday), the pilot vehicle led others cars as they escorted the deputy governor to his house.
“After dropping him off, the vehicle proceeded to drop the security men in the vehicle in their houses. While they were driving along that Goldie Street axis, they ran into a traffic jam caused by a group of cultists operating in the area.
“The cultists, numbering over 20, were armed with guns and machetes. When the cultists descended on the pilot vehicle, they shot the driver and drove off with the car. The other people in the car scampered for safety.”