In order to identify and bring to book those responsible for the looting of both COVID-19 palliatives and private property in Cross River state, governor Ben Ayade, has called on the security agents to carry out a house-to-house search across the state.
The directive of the governor was contained in a press statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christain Ita.
According to the statement, the governor advised people of the state to to remain indoors as the dusk-to-dusk curfew is still in force, saying he has advised the security agencies not tolerate any non-compliance.
The governor explained further that, it has become imperative to protect the collective commonwealth of the people which is currently under threat by some persons who are desperately trying to discredit the peaceful disposition of Cross Riverians.
He called on well meaning people of the state to rise up and protect it from criminal elements whom he said ‘are bent on destroying the image of the State.’
“Following the deployment of more soldiers to Calabar to help quell violence, I call on security agencies in the state to take legitimate actions to halt the arson and carnage witnessed in some parts of Calabar.
“I equally urge the security agencies to take legitimate actions to ensure that calm returns to the state especially as the government is already working towards ensuring the demands of those who genuinely participated in the #EndSARS march are met.
“I also call on Cross Riverians to rise up and defend their land from criminal elements bent on destroying the image of the State,” the governor stated.