The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested six suspected cultists and recovered two locally made pistols from them.
Cross River State Commandant, Samuel Fadeyi disclosed this on Monday, saying the suspects were arrested in a hotel in Calabar.
According to Fadeyi who resumed as Commandant of the Corps in the state on June 15, no suspected criminal will go scot-free, adding that the six suspects were undergoing profiling and that under his watch, arrested suspects will be prosecuted.
“Within my first week of arrival, some group of boys lodged in a hotel where I kept my escorts and on the basis of suspicion, we had to raid them.
“After the arrest, we found two locally made pistols with them. We are currently profiling the suspects as we speak”, he said.
According to Fadeyi, the command has no tolerance for vandalism, oil theft, transformer theft, adulteration of petroleum products which most times leads to explosion and health risks.
He said the Command was currently carrying out a risk-threat assessment of critical infrastructure in the state, starting with Calabar as the state capital.
This is as he assured of his Command’s commitment and collaboration with other security agencies to prevent crime in the state.
However, the state command said it has deployed 1000 armed and regular personnel in the state for a hitch-free celebration of Eld-el-Kabir.
It could be recalled that the Federal government had announced that Tuesday and Wednesday next week should be observed as public holiday in the country to commemorate the 2021 Eld-el-Kabir.
In a statement signed by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Ukeme Umana and made available to journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, the command urged the people of Akwa Ibom State to remain law abiding and vigilant.
He however disclosed that the operatives have been deployed to strategic locations including recreational centres, mosques and critical national and state assets.