No C/River LG un­der mil­i­tants’ con­trol – Ayade, se­cu­rity chiefs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Gover­nor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has de­nied claims by pi­rates ter­ror­is­ing the Bakassi creeks that they are in con­trol of Ak­pabuyo and Bakassi lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state.

He how­ever ac­knowl­edged that as in other Niger Delta states of Nige­ria, there were some mil­i­tants op­er­at­ing in Bakassi lo­cal gov­ern­ment area.

He said, “There is no way they (mil­i­tants) can take con­trol of the two lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas as claimed in the me­dia. Last Fri­day, at our state se­cu­rity coun­cil meet­ing, we had ap­pealed to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to kindly ex­tend the Op­er­a­tion Delta Safe to Cross River State be­cause we are part of the Niger Delta re­gion where you have these crim­i­nals op­er­at­ing. Fed­eral gov­ern­ment should not leave us stand­ing alone in this re­gard even though we know that ODS is to pro­tect oil pipe­lines in those states.”

Over the week­end, Ayade and ser­vice com­man­ders in the state em­barked on Op­er­a­tion Show of Force across Cal­abar, an ex­er­cise he said was to send a clear mes­sage to mil­i­tants, kid­nap­pers, armed rob­bers and cultists that he and his gov­ern­ment were de­ter­mined to weed them out.

He had said, “We are out here as a show of force to demon­strate that we are in ab­so­lute con­trol and we are go­ing to keep Cal­abar and other parts of the state to­tally safe. We have done a com­plete sur­veil­lance of all the pos­si­ble routes, all the water ar­eas through which these crim­i­nals es­cape… I can as­sure the peo­ple of Cross River State that Cal­abar is in­deed peace­ful and they should go about their le­git­i­mate busi­nesses peace­fully.”

The state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ji­moh Ozi-Obeh and spe­cial ad­viser on se­cu­rity to Ayade, Jude Ngaji, said se­cu­rity per­son­nel had moved to the two lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in ques­tion to main­tain law and or­der.

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