The Cross River State Police Command has expressed worry over the alleged infiltration of the state by unauthorised, questionable characters and suspected criminals.
Briefing newsmen at the Police Headquarters in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande lamented the actions of the suspected criminals and hoodlums.
The Commissioner explained that his unit discovered an infiltration into the state through the sea, land, air, stressing that the force has commenced a major operation to prevent unauthorised people from entering the state.
He said persons coming into the state must have their data collected to ascertain their free crime status.
“If people come into the state, we will have their data captured, and they may not pose as a security risk to us”
“I want to state clearly that what we are witnessing different levels of attacks nationwide on security agencies/destruction of facilities, it is worrisome, barbaric and portends danger to all and sundry. It requires a collective response from critical stakeholders to curb this ugly trend in our society irrespective of tribe, religion and cultural differences.
“At this juncture, I call on traditional rulers, community, youths leaders, religious Leaders, etc not to see these daunting security challenges as a problem of the Police alone, but a general approach that needs a high level of commitment from citizens through information gathering and sharing to relevant authorities for proactive policing”.
“We are all aware of what is happening within the South-South and South East region of the country and general insecurity in the Country, Cross River State Command being a proactive command is not sitting back
“For the past one month, we tirelessly rid the state of all crimes and criminality and one of the things we have discovered is that drugs play an important role in the activity of the men of the underworld
“There are so many categories of substances these people take to boost their ego and make them high but for the past one month, the command has increased her patrol vehicles.
The Commissioner who disclosed that Wednesday and Thursday are public holidays warned trouble makers and criminals as well as hoodlums to stay away from the state as the command will make the environment very unpleasant for them.
The Commissioner also paraded over 40 suspected criminals including cultists, armed robbers, burglary suspects, amongst others.
He commended Governor Ayade for the support the command received which has emboldened it to do more particularly in the area of crime control, “This enabled us to do more in the area of fighting crimes and criminality in the state.