Cross River State is not resting on its month long premium tourism product, Carnival Calabar, the state is on overdrive to up its octopus hold on the sector with a sport tourism cycling project dubbed Akwacross.
The game plan is keep the state continuously in focus with strategic and sustainable tourism activities, building up an entirely dependent economy on tourism culture, environment and other down stream influncers of the business.
Akwacross cycling project which is specially dedicated to enhancing the historical and cultural relationship between the people of Akwa Ibom and Cross River states, who share similar narratives on culture, dances, language, fashion and gastronomy, comes up on March 14, an innovation critical to generating domestic visitations and reconnection.
It is also promised to drive excellence in sports and physical wellbeing of the people, not excluding visitors as a well toned body notably contribute to the progress and advancement of humanity.
That’s not all about the rebirth and restructuring of tourism agenda of this state blessed with virgin aquatic and natural resources endowment as plans are afoot to organize the biggest training program for the hospitality operators and investors come 19th March, 2020.
Already, obudu resort on the northern fringes of the state is back on the tour circuit. This iconic resort with surreal landscape and cable car, remain the state’s best highly sought after tourist delight and activator of structured visits.
Eric Anderson, the honourable commissioner for tourism, disclosed that all tour sites in the states will receive facelift to make them attractive to investors and tourists.
“We are carefully addressing issues that help us create a true tourism environment that will place the state as most visited in Africa and at same time develope verifiable tourism economy capable of providing jobs and help protecting our prime fauna and flora ecosystem.” he explained.
Anderson who promised to sufficiently link other key tourism product drivers into top finishing ranking, stated that marine tourism will not be left out on the cross River tourism agenda as plans to give the iconic marina resort a big boost to increase the unusual visitors traffic to the city center located recreation site.
“We are sure cross River State can make a big statement apart from our carnival Calabar project. Our desire is to be seen as the best destination in Nigeria nay Africa. We are determined to prove a point and we are encouraged by the governor to make this state the most preferred among local and international visitors,” Anderson said.
Man Kills Self in Rivers After Lover Ended Relationship
A middle-aged man, popularly known as Tailor, has committed suicide after his lover allegedly jilted him in Rivers State.
The incident, it was learnt, happened around 10pm on Saturday at Omuokiri village, Aluu community, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the victim hung himself in the night after his lover abruptly ended their relationship.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the man hailed from Kogi State, but lived in Aluu community, where he sew clothes for people.
The eyewitness added that the late tailor’s lover, whose name had yet to be ascertained, ended their relationship for reasons yet unknown after she visited him.
The source stated that neighbours tried to prevail on the lady to reconsider her decision to no avail, as she insisted on packing her belongings from the man’s apartment.
The source said, “The incident happened last night (Saturday). The young man was with his lover in the room when the problem started.
“The lady said she was no longer interested in the relationship. She packed her things and left the house. It was later that one of our neighbours found out that tailor had hung himself.
“As I speak to you, there is trouble in the compound, because the people of Aluu said what the tailor did was a taboo in the community. They have locked the gate and asked everybody to pack out till traditional cleansing is done in the compound.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were investigating the circumstances that lead to the man’s death.
Bandits Kill 13 Family Members, One Other in Kogi
Fourteen people, including 13 members of the same family were killed in an early morning attack by suspected bandits on Wednesday in Agudu, in the Kogi/Kotonkarfe Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ede Ayuba, while briefing journalists on the activities of the command, said “the 13 family members were wiped out” by the attackers, adding that another person was killed, while six persons sustained injuries.
He said when the police got to the village, the bandits had left, adding that normalcy had been restored to the area.
The CP, who noted that the attack could have been triggered by age-long communal disputes in the community, described it as unfortunate.
He said, “A man and 12 family members were killed. His son is the only survivor. Another person was killed, while those injured have been taken to the hospital.”
The police boss further disclosed that the killers of the late Innocent Ofodile, owner of popular Chuck’s Supermarket in Lokoja, who was murdered on Lokoja-Abuja Road, had been arrested.
He explained that one Vincent Omogor, who was arrested for kidnapping, confessed that he and his gang members were responsible for the killing of Offodile.
The CP said the gang carried out the killing “on the order of one of his shop attendants, who complained of not being attended to when he approached him for financial assistance when his father died.”
Meanwhile, parading 23 other criminals, the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya, said the hoodlums were picked from different parts of the state.
The PPRO explained that the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, banditry, kidnapping, and possession of illegal firearms, among other crimes.
‘I Have Killed Five Kidnap Victims’
A suspected member of a kidnap gang, Musa Umar, has narrated his role as the executioner of the criminal group.
Umar, 22, was paraded alongside his gang members and other suspects in Abuja on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
The suspect revealed that he joined the gang in Kaduna about three years ago, adding that his duty was to kill kidnap victims.
The suspect, who spoke in Hausa, disclosed that he had so far killed three men and two women, all from Katsina State.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said, “I am a farmer and also a kidnapper. I was engaged to kill victims by my gang members and so far, I have killed five persons. They comprised three men and two women, and they were all from Katsina State.”