From BASSEY ANIEKAN, Calabar
Smarting from the wide-spread looting that rocked Calabar, Cross River State capital city yesterday, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has charged the security agents to carry out a house-to-house search for looted property and arrest everyone involved in the looting of both public and private property in the State.
Ayade, in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, equally reminded residents of the State that the dusk-to-dusk curfew in the State was still in force.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens and that his government would do just that, warning that government would not sit idly by some persons who, he said, “are desperately trying to discredit the peaceful disposition of Cross Riverians” had their way, advising “everyone to remain indoors as security agencies would not tolerate any non-compliance.”
He said: “Following the deployment of more soldiers to Calabar to help quell violence, we have has asked security agencies in the state to take legitimate actions to halt the arson and carnage witnessed in some parts of Calabar.
“We call on the security agents to carry out a house-to-house search for looted property and arrest everyone involved in the looting of both public and private property in the state.
“We understand the pain of the people and therefore, urge the security agencies to take legitimate actions to ensure that calm returns to the state especially as the government was already working towards ensuring the demands of those who genuinely participated in the #EndSARS march are met.”
The Governor also called on Cross Riverians to rise up and defend their land from criminal elements bent on destroying the image of the State.