The Cross River State Police Commissioner, CP Sikiru Kayode Akande, has said that his men have rescued one of the Governor Ayade’s aides from kidnappers.
While Speaking in Calabar on Tuesday, Akanda said his men rescued Mr Oscar Ofuka, Special Adviser to Governor Ayade on Cocoa Development, who was on Tuesday kidnapped at the CRBC (Cross River Broadcasting Corporation) premises.
Akande said, “We have succeeded in rescuing Mr Ofuka a few hours after he was allegedly kidnapped. You journalists have been blaming us. Now is the time to commend us. Our men are up and able.”
It could be recalled that the Cross River State Police Command expressed worry over the mass influx of strange characters and suspected criminal elements to the state.
The state Commissioner, Sikiru Kayode who raised the alarm said that intelligence sources have confirmed the development, noting that their mission is still unknown.
According to him, it portends greater danger to the state and country, and called on all residents of the state to become very security conscious.
He said the hoodlums came into the state through various entry points but warned that his command will make life very uncomfortable for them if they don’t leave.
“I want to state clearly that what we are witnessing different levels of attacks nationwide on security agencies/destruction of facilities, especially the steady infiltration of suspected criminals is very worrisome, barbaric and portends danger to all and sundry”.
He assured that the police force has commenced a major operation to prevent unauthorised people from entering the state, adding that anyone coming into the state must have their data collected to ascertain their free crime status.
“If people come into the state, we will have their data captured, so they do not pose as a security risk to us,” he said.
He called on traditional rulers, community, youth leaders, religious leaders, not to see these daunting security challenges as a problem of the police alone