The State Security Adviser (SSA) to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr Jude Njagi, has reiterated the government commitment in wiping criminals out of the state. Njagi gave the assurance yesterday in Calabar while interaction with newsmen in his office.
He said that the state, which is known for tourism, cannot be held to ransom by criminals, hence the need to employ a defensive approach in curbing all unwanted illegalities.
“The state government is planning to wipe out criminals. We can’t sit with criminals and negotiate. We must show them the way out of the state,” he said.
“The joint patrol team of security men will soon be on the street, and so far the Nigerian police have done very well,” he said. According to him, the clampdown on criminals in the state is yielding result, adding that there is a quick intervention centre set up to respond to distress calls by citizens at any time of the day.
He said that men of the police had been deployed to notorious areas in the state to ensure lives and properties of citizens were safe. “The government of Gov. Ayade is a new government; we are working hard to ensure that in a few months from now, the issue of insecurity in some areas of the state would be a thing of the past,” he assured.
“What we did in Calabar South as regard community policing is giving us serious fruitful result because we have been able to clampdown on them.
We can never sit to negotiate with criminals and with the commitment of Governor Ayade I know that we are going to wipe out criminals out of this state,” he said, maintaining that he had written to the defence headquarters in Abuja and they had approved 33 army and 15 navy personnel and 10 air force men into his security team.
He said that the `Operation Scolombo’, which was set up by the state government to arrest teenage criminals and reunite them with their families has yielded positive result.
On the kidnapping prohibition bill that has gone through second reading in the state house of assembly, he said that if passed into law the penalty would be dead sentence. “If the kidnapping bill is passed into law, no kidnapper will be spared” he said
-Edem Edem, Calabar