Monday, 11 July 2016

Ayade tightens security in Calabar


Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade has tight­ened security in Calabar, hours after he joined secu­rity forces to patrol major streets in the state capital.

Along Marian Road alone, about eight detach­ment of security personnel drawn from all the forces, where seen at strategic lo­cations.

Ayade had, on Saturday defied the rain to team up with service commanders to carry out the Operation Show of Force.

Briefing newsmen short­ly after the exercise, Ayade explained that the exercise was a deliberate measure to let miscreants know that his team was in absolute control of the entire situa­tion.

“We are out here as a show of force to demon­strate that we are in abso­lute control and we are go­ing to keep Calabar totally safe,” adding that “we have done a complete surveil­lance of all the possible routes, all the water areas through which these crimi­nals escape.

“We know who they are, security and intelligence reports have shown clearly, the people who are behind all these activities and I can assure the people of Cross River State that Calabar is, indeed, peaceful and they should go about their le­gitimate businesses peace­fully.”

The governor affirmed that all specific locations have been marked just as he said access to water­fronts would be cut off.

He also hinted that “we are also embarking on a door-to-door search and cordoning off Calabar to ensure that nobody exits without a thorough search.”

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