Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has condemned reported kidnap of nine person along the popular Calabar -Akamkpa – Ugep federal highway by men suspected to be bandits.
A press statement personally signed by the governor and made available to Blueprint Calavar, Wednesday, read in part: “I condemn in the strongest terms, the attack and kidnapping of some motorists and commuters along the Akamkpa-Ugep axis of the Calabar-Ikom Highway yesterday, Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
“While we appreciate the commendable success so far recorded in the rescue operation which is still ongoing, such acts of criminality cannot and.will not be allowed to take root in our state, as we are determined to ensure that the incident is the last on our soil.
“Our heart goes out to the victims and their families of this heinous crime which has violated the innocence of our state. Iappeal for calm, support and corporation of our people as security men comb through every nook and cranny of the Uyanga forest.
“We are a peace-loving people and as such will not allow criminality to find a fertile ground anywhere in our state.
“We have made a request to the Federal Government to draft more troops to the Uyanga forest as well as the deployment of a Tucano aircraft.
“Additionally, we have activated the Homeland Security outfit and have
engaged local hunters to assist in a private para-military capacity.
“The state will also purchase more gunboats and patrol vehicles to protect our waterways and our highways just as we have activated the automatic security system on the entrance into Calabar. We once again appeal for calm as we take the battle to the bandits.”