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Calabar demolishes suspected kidnappers’ houses, brothel


Cross River State security outfit ‘Operation Akpakwu’ has demolished at least four houses owned by suspected kidnappers in Calabar.

The houses were demolished on Monday at 8 Miles in the outskirts of Calabar following the arrest of the suspected kidnappers.

The security team also demolished a brothel close to Flour Mill junction in Calabar for allegedly harbouring criminals and illicit drug consumers.

The State Security Adviser, Southern Senatorial District to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr Henry Okokon, who spoke after the demolition, said the exercise was aimed at flushing criminals out of the state.

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According to him, the state government places a premium on the security of lives and properties in the state, that is why there is the need to fight against all forms of criminality in the state.

“This is part of the activities of Operation Akpakwu, a special force set up by Governor Ayade to fight crime in the state, especially kidnapping.

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“This demolition exercise is ongoing. The governor has warned that anyone who is involved in any form of criminality, or any landlord who is found harbouring any criminal should desist from it.

“These houses belong to individuals who have been caught in the act of kidnapping in the state. The brothel was also brought down because the management of the facility was also harbouring criminals and drug addicts.

“This is a warning signal to everybody. Whosoever is involved in a crime of any form should desist from it,” he said.

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Okokon advised business owners in the state to go about their normal businesses as the state government was doing
its best to protect them from criminals.

‘Operation Akpakwu’ was launched by Governor Ben Ayade on December 3, 2020, and comprises the Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

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