The Cross River State Police Command has placed a ban on all street protest, as a measure to prevent criminal elements from disrupting the peace in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande who announced the ban on Friday, warned that it will no longer condone any form of protest by any group in the state.
He stressed that a lot of strange elements were waiting to leverage on such protests to carry out mayhem.
Akande vowed that never again would the #EndSARS incident happen in the state, as they are ready to deal ruthlessly with any criminal element in any guise.
According to him: “We are working in line with the directives of President Buhari through the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba to make sure we maintain the relative peace that is in Cross River.
“We are going all out against enemies of the state who may want to cause trouble at this time, we are taking the fight to them as we are smoking them out from their various hide out across the state and we are not resting on our oars.
“I want to use this medium to tell the public that protest is not the best way to make their grievances known. At this period in our country, no more street protests will be allowed in any part of the state, because we are not ignorant of the fact that we now have a lot of infiltrators who can readily hijack such protests.
”So we are using this medium to ban all street protest, because groups like ESN, BHM, ISWAP, BH can easily use it as a platform to cause mayhem.
“We have also been able to establish the fact that more than 90% of those we have been apprehended are not from Cross River, so the people of the state must rise and protect the land that God has given to them.
”Any person or group who may want to disturb the relative peace in the state will be responded to with ruthless force within the ambit of the law, as we will never fold our hand and watch criminal element destroy our Commonwealth,” he vowed.
The Police Commissioner also paraded before newsmen, a native doctor and 108 other suspects, arrested recently by his men across the state for various offences.
The suspects were paraded for sundry crimes like armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms, attempted arson among others .
35 suspected cultists were also arrested during an initiation rite at a hotel in Bakassi Local Government Area including a native doctor who prepares charms for them, while 14 females were part of those arrested as fresh initiates of the secret cult.
The Police boss appealed to people of the state to join hands with the police in the fight against crime and criminality and reduce it to its barest minimum.