The Presidency has debunked claims that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo locked down Calabar in the course of an official trip to Cross River State on Thursday.
Reports had claimed there was a lock-down which affected both human and vehicular movements as major routes in the Cross River State capital were blocked by security officials. Business activities also reportedly came to a halt as roads leading to markets and other business areas were blocked.
A report said, “The situation was so bad that journalists, who wanted to cover the event were unable to secure transportation to the venue, the few who did were bared from gaining entrance by security men.”
But vice presidential spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement said, “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in Calabar and Lagos today (Thursday, June 25) paying tribute to two eminent Nigerians whose lives reflect the very virtues of integrity, trustworthiness and social justice, which can lift our dear nation. The one is Late Justice P.O.E Bassey and Dr. Christopher Kolade.
“He arrived Calabar at about 10:30am attending the Justice P.O.E Bassey Memorial Lecture, at the University of Calabar, and left the town about 3:30pm, heading for Lagos where he spoke at the Convention for Integrity 3rd Annual Lecture.
“Prof Osinbajo was well received in Calabar witnessed by the warmth shown him and his delegation by the people and government of Cross River State.
“Claims that the town was in a lock down because of his visit is just another mischievous and baseless report from some of the same social media quarters that misled the nation in the past about his purported exclusion from security meetings. The Vice President did not even spend ten hours in Calabar and could not have locked down the town, as his convoy moved freely among the people in regular traffic as he normally does.
“I personally observed several people go about their normal activities and businesses without any hinderance.
He has since returned to Abuja after his trip to both cities.”