The Cross River Governor, Sen Ben Ayade has terminated the appointment of a former militia leader, Thomas Obi Tawo, who served as his Special Adviser on forest security.
In a statement signed by Christian Ita, Spokesman to the Governor, announcing his sack, no reason was given for the sack of the man popularly called ‘General Iron’, but sources said the sack is connected to allegations of Tawo allegedly leading a gang of armed thugs to the home of Mark Obi, a former lawmaker in the state and beating him to coma.
The statement reads: “The State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade has approved the sack, with immediate effect of Mr Thomas Obi Tawo, aka General Iron, the Special Adviser on Forest Security.”
Tawo has been asked to return all government properties in his possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Tawo, a former militia leader led an armed resistance against the state from his hometown in Boki until 2018 when he embraced the state amnesty programme and was subsequently made an aide to the Governor, but he has since courted one controversy after the other; Tawo was last year accused of setting ablaze some elderly women in his village after he claimed they were the witches who had earlier attacked him in his dream.
Also in January this year, Tawo was accused of attempting to assassinate a Commissioner in the State Civil Service.