Insecurity: Ayade donates patrol vehicles to security agencies, reads riot act.
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
With kidnapping and other violent crimes increasing every passing day in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, Governor Ben Ayade has restated his determination to rid the state of criminal elements.
Ayade made the remarks in Calabar, Thursday, while donating 100 patrol vehicles and ten power bikes to security agencies in the state to fight all cases of insecurity.
He submitted that with the present precarious insecurity situation, he had made up his mind to prioritise security above payment of salaries and pension, and therefore launches what he code-named ‘Operation Akpakwu’ to rid the state of criminals and kidnappers.
“I have decided to allow security come first before salaries and pensions because I will no longer tolerate a situation where criminals and kidnappers take over the state under my watch.
“Going forward, any kidnapper in the state will have his house demolished and if he rents the house, then the landlord will have a case to answer.
” Let me also add that any person with a gun in his possession will pay heavy price for it. Today is the end of kidnapping in the state and I expect the cordon and search programme to be enhanced because we cannot afford to allow criminals overrun the state,” the governor said.
According to him, his administration has spent so much in buying both patrol vehicles and drones, all to control the security situation in the state, and therefore warned that he would not tolerate any security lapses “going forward.”
He also called on the federal government to absorb the disbanded ‘Bakassi Strike Force’ into the amnesty programme, noting that since the Bakassi militia “laid down their arms three years ago, the federal government has not done anything to give them a means of livelihood.”
The Governor said he was strongly of the opinion that incessant kidnapping and other criminalities would be the thing of the past if all would come together to fight the menace.