No fewer than forty hoodlums have been arrested by the Nigerian Police for alleged illegal arms deal in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
Two of the suspects, Ojong Valentine, 28 and Ayuk Serge Enow 35, said they came to Calabar to buy arms from one Mr Ogbuagu Emmanuel to return to Cameroon before they got arrested by the police.
The State Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande paraded the suspects to newsmen alongside thirty-eight others for alleged crimes within the state.
Some of the items recovered from them included locally made pistol, 99 packs of cocaine, and 200 wraps of cannabis, among others.
Akande warned that the police would deal ruthlessly with criminals in the state and also warned persons already involved in arms deals to stop or face the law.
“I want to thank the good people for their support this far, because we have enjoyed cooperation from the people of Cross River, especially the governor. The support has emboldened us further to dig deep and do more in our duty of ensuring that Cross River remains peaceful and crime-free.
“Hard drugs play major role in aiding men of the underworld, they use many substances to boost their ego to commit crimes but we have heightened our patrols as we have also keyed into the Inspector General of Police agenda of reducing crime and criminality to its barest minimum.
“Today we have paraded 40 persons suspected to be involved in various crimes within the past two weeks and we will continue to do more to make sure that Cross River remains the most people State in the country”, he said.