Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Following yesterday’s demolition of some properties in Calabar belonging to alleged miscreants in the state, State Security Adviser for Cross River Southern senatorial district, Henry Okokon has vowed that the state government in collaboration with operation Akpakwu will continue a total overhauling to deal with every criminal element in the state.
He made the statement during a live broadcast in Calabar where he said successes recorded so far is as a result of the operation know your neighbour which the government devised for intelligence gathering. He maintained that the demolitions were not just done with adequate investigations as people may have believed.
“The demolition you saw yesterday is ongoing. It’s a collective thing. And it’s one of the activities of operation Akpakwu. They work holistically to coordinate all these activities. Government with not just wake up to demolish someone’s property. I want the public to know that there was due process carried out for these demolitions.
“These are buildings of suspected criminals, kidnappers, people who are into crime and criminality in the society haven being proven. That was what led to the government’s action yesterday”, the security adviser clarified, adding the the demolition is backed by the homeland security, anti kidnapping laws and other laws.
He affirmed that the operation know your neighbour has also yielded so much result in the fight against crime in the state. He said, ” The progress so far is because the community, the youths through the operation know your neighbour have risen up to the challenge to offer intelligence because a lot of them are tired with what was happening in the state where you sleep with one eyes open.
“You remember in this town where two, three to five persons were picked up in a day which was very alarming. This time the youths gave us information and I assured them of their safety. They were protected. If you offer intelligence you will be highly protected”.
He stressed that security is the primary need of the people today unlike before where shelter, food and clothing were the primary needs of the people. He appreciated the efforts of the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade for taking the bull by its horn to fight crime and criminality in the state.