The special assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of
Cross Rivers State, Michael Abuo, was reportedly
beaten to a pulp on Monday by a crowd of
The students, numbering over 100, descended
on him for allegedly withholding N300, 000 that
was given for ‘mobilization’ which they tagged
‘money for the boys.’
According to the Punch, Abuo was mercilessly
beaten up at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar
during a reception in honour of Ayade following
the December 9 Supreme Court ruling which
validated the governor’s election.
According to reports, the Governor gave
N1million to each of the 29 commissioners and
some other aides to ‘mobilize’ the people for the
victory celebration in Calabar, the state capital.
The students were reportedly promised N300,
000 to join in the celebration and Abuo was said
to have refused to release the alleged money to
the students which angered them and they
pounced on him.
He reportedly jumped over the stadium fence
and was saved by policemen who scared off the
Speaking on the incident, one of the students
from the University of Calabar, who simply
identified herself as Josephine, said: “We are
over 200 that came from different parts of the
state for this celebration.
“We got the information from a reliable source
that the governor approved N300, 000 for us for
mobilization, money for the boys.
“Instead of releasing the money, he refused and
became infuriated when we confronted him.
“He has been shortchanging us for too long,” the
But the governor’s aide, when contacted, denied
Abuo said it was not true that he squandered
the money meant for the students.
According to him, the attack was sponsored
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