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 Cross river Fun seekers had, in the early
hours of Monday scampered to safety after armed robbers stormed the Calabar
Christmas Village while a popular Nigerian musician, Daniel Anidugbe, aka Kiss
Daniel, was performing.

Urban News lifestyle crew  learnt on
Monday that the gun men, whose numbers could not be ascertained, stormed the
village at about 1am and shot repeatedly into the air while dispossessing
people of their valuables.

It could not be confirmed if anyone
was killed in the incident, but it was learnt that several people were stabbed.

It was learnt that some others, who
sustained gunshot injuries, had been hospitalised.

The Calabar Christmas Village,
which is located in the precinct of Calabar Municipal Council Secretariat,
opens for 24 hours from December 1 to December 31 every year as a central
location of revelry.

It was not clear if Kiss Daniel was
injured, but an eyewitness said the robbers rushed to the stage while the
pandemonium was on and succeeded in removing some items from the musician
before he was whisked away by security operatives.

An injured shop owner in the village,
ini anslem , told Urban lifestyle crew  that the presence of robbers became obvious
when some spectators started throwing bottles at the musician.

She said, “It was a serious
situation and I got injured. What happened was that some guys came into the
village and tried to rob Kiss Daniel when he was singing.

“They were throwing bottles and
other things at him. Before we knew it, they brought out guns and started
shooting. Some security men immediately rushed to the singer. But even with the
security, the robbers rushed at him and removed his clothes and collected
things from him.

“They would have killed that guy.
To be honest, I don’t know how he managed to escape. You know there are several
thousands of people in the Christmas village usually and the situation led to a
serious pandemonium.

“They broke up everything in my
shop. They took all my money. They robbed a lot of shops. Our chairs were
broken. Everybody was running at the same time. It was a terrible experience.

“Several cars were vandalised. They
broke the cars to steal from them. At a point, the lights went off and I
thought I was going to die. As I speak with you, I have a serious cut from the
incident and I want to go to a hospital to take a tetanus injections.”

But the state Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, said it was not a robbery attack, but a
misunderstanding between the organisers.

He said the original plan was that
Kiss Daniel and other musicians would perform at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in
Calabar, but the venue was changed to the Christmas village without any notice
to security agencies.

“There was no robbery incident in
Calabar and nobody was attacked by robbers in any other part of Cross River
State. What happened was that the government had initially planned to host the
musician at the stadium, but the plan was changed to the Calabar Christmas
Village. They probably had misunderstanding with the organisers. It was the
change of venue that was not properly organised

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