By Inyali Peter, Calabar
Former Cross River State Security Adviser, Dr Young Eta, on Monday survived a suspected assassination attempt in his Diamond Hill home in Calabar.
Eta who served as a State Security Adviser between 1999-2003 under former Governor Donald Duke is a retired staff of Department of State Security Services (DSS).
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen in Calabar, he said that the unfortunate incident happened in the wee hours of Monday when two masked men dressed in black T-shirts and jeans, armed with AK47s stormed his house at around 2:45 am.
I struggled with them and locked the door. I live alone with my wife because our children are all grown up and left home. Then I got into the bedroom with my wife and into the toilet from where I escaped. As a security man I had getaway places in my house,” he said.
Eta who said the men gained access into the house and traced him to the toilet where they caught his wife, said that the incident lasted for over an hour.
The ex-security adviser appealed to government to urgently organize a security summit where all stakeholders will discuss the worsening security situation in the state.
“We are working on the theory that mine may not have been a kidnap case because if it were they would have gone with my wife. They did not carry anything from the house.
They did not collect money. If it were robbery, they would have asked for money. If it were kidnapping they would have gone with my wife. But they were only interested in seeing me. The only damage they did was to my CCTV,” he said.