Just like the popular storybook Oliver twist, the insatiable hunger by political office holders especially state governors in Nigeria to grab as many lands as possible while in office is fast becoming a norm with the governor of Cross River State spearheading the atrocious act as the Chief Land Grabber of the federal republic of Nigeria due to his many land grabbing exploits.
SecretReporters gathered that Mr Benedict Bengioushuye Ayade, the governor of Cross River has allegedly used his powers as a sitting governor to covet the land donated to the State Water Board Service into a Private Estate for his family members, cronies and political appointees.
The Cross River State Water Board Limited (CRSWBL), we learned started as a department in the then Ministry of Works before it was incorporated in August 1998 as a Limited Liability Company with a large expanse of land donated by the host community to the government to provide water to Cross Riverians.
However, information made available to SecretReporter by one of the state blog revealed that apart from the former Military Administrator of Cross River state, Colonel Kizito Attah, who constructed a lone guest house on the land for traditional rulers, but barely in use by those it was built for and Chief Clement Ebri who took over from him as governor, and also constructed 10 Units of three (3) bedroom bungalows for civil servants to occupy, all other successive administration over years have tried to tamper and annex portions of the land for selfish gains all to no avail.
Then came the digital governor who without recourse to due process using his insatiable land grabbing appetite started sharing the aforementioned land like a bazaar with a source in the know disclosing that a list of the owners of most of the houses seen from the high and colourful fencing from highbrow Marian road is allegedly riddled with Governor Ayade’s Family members, in-laws, cronies, political appointees and their likes.