Ayade launches Operation Akpakwu against kidnappers and robbers in Cross River
Cross River State Governor Sir Ben Ayade on Thursday launched a special operation to expel criminals, especially kidnapping, from the state.
The team, codenamed “Operation Akpakwu,” draws on the military, the navy, the air force, and civil defense personnel.
To improve the work, the governor brought in more than 100 patrol vehicles equipped with the latest communications, ten electric motorcycles and drones.
Speaking at the event, Ayade, joined by all of the state’s military commanders, promised to return the state, especially Calabar, to the paradise it once was.
He said that while statistics show the state remains one of the safest in the country, he has reported recent crimes, especially kidnapping in the state.
Therefore, the governor asked all criminals in the state to move immediately as the state would no longer be a safe haven for their species.
Ayade said the state would now be too hot for kidnappers and other criminals, and asked them to step down or face the wrath of his government.
“Cross River State remains statistically the safest state in Nigeria, but as a state we are accustomed to a culture of no kidnapping, cultism and robbery.
“In the recent past, the number of crimes in the Niger Delta and in the country as a whole has increased due to the hardships orchestrated by Endsars and Covid19, which have brought widespread poverty and deprivation around the world,” said the governor.
According to him, “education in Abuja is very clear, you must decide against any form of crime, you must face any form of banditry, cultism, kidnapping in any form.
“So let this be a powerful message to every Cross River resident and non-Indigenous people that no matter how long you live in Cross River State, today is the end of this crime.
“Today is the end of armed robbery, banditry must stop today. We have received very clear instructions from the federal government and support all my military and police and strongly believe that they must comply with the obligations, instructions and orders of the Inspector General of Police and the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces to keep Cross River State safe. ”
The governor blamed outsiders for a spate of kidnappings and robberies in the state, citing police records of those currently arrested in the state for crimes.
He said that in the future, every landlord in the state must account for every tenant in accordance with the rules he signed into the national security law.
The governor also said that through this operation, the Akpakwu government will henceforth demolish any property owned or occupied by kidnappers and thieves.
He denounced the exclusion of the Bakassi Strike Force from the federal government’s amnesty program following the voluntary surrender of weapons by state and federal government orders.
“We want to ask the federal government to explain to us why the Bakassi strike force did not receive the restitution, rehabilitation and reintegration as it was in other states.
“I implore in the name of God that the Bakassi strike force will be admitted to the amnesty, that they will have their due and be properly trained so that they can become citizens who will benefit society,” he lamented.
Speaking on behalf of state commanders, Cross River State Police Commissioner Abdulkadir Jimoh thanked Governor Ayade for his proactive efforts to combat crime and pledged the commitment of state security officials to keep Cross River safe from criminals.
Source: – Premium Times