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Ayade denies a fire in the governor’s office

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State said Monday night that there was no fire in the government house, as reported by a section of social media.

The governor, however, said what may be close to the alleged fire was a “small fire” on a mast of the state Geographic Information Agency, which shares a fence with Government House.

A statement endorsed Monday evening by Mr. Christian Ita, the Governor’s Special Advisor, Media and Publicity, titled “No Fires in Cross River Governor’s Office”, described the report of the alleged fire as “sensational and misleading”.

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The text of the declaration reads as follows:

“My attention has been drawn to a sensational and misleading report on social media of an alleged fire in the office of Cross River State Governor Professor Ben Ayade.

“I would like to state unequivocally that no fire occurred in Governor Ayade’s office.

“There was a small fire on a mast at the premises of the Cross River Geographic Information Agency (CRGIA), which shares a fence with the governor’s office.

“Any reports to the contrary should be ignored and reports alleging a fire are only malicious as | insisted when called that said fire occurred behind the glass house which is used primarily for reception purposes , which is quite a distance from the Governor’s office building.

The alleged fire in the Governor’s office is a fabrication of the author of the story whose intention is to sow panic and discredit the government of Sir Ben Ayade.

“We are used to this kind of rotation, which is only intended to create sensation,” the statement concluded.