By Mary Bassey

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The Cross River State government said it owed no wages or pensions.

Service Chief Mr Timothy Ogbang made the claim in a press release saying those who claim they are due should present evidence.

Mr Timothy said the insinuations that the Ayade-led government must pay salaries are “vicious, false and concocted to damage the good name of Senator Ben Ayade’s administration which has kept a clean bill since 2015”.

The former editor of the state-owned Chronicle added that “it is indisputable that even in the face of difficult revenue collection, coupled with stifling over-indebtedness, the Ayade government has consistently and religiously granted premium for the payment of wages and pension to the admiration of all.

The department head challenged any person or group of people with genuine claims to receive salaries and pensions to forward their claims to him for investigation and action.

Threatening journalists, he said: “The government will not hesitate to sanction and prosecute those who orchestrate this malicious and cheap propaganda aimed at causing state disaffection.”

It comes a week after 1,800 aggrieved civil servants barricaded the Secretary of State for four years of unpaid wages.