The Permanent Secretary, State Security Services in Cross River, Dr Alfred Mboto, has stated that following the launch of ‘Operation Akpakwu’, kidnappers, robbers and cultists and other criminals have been chased out from the state.
Mboto, who spoke in Calabar on Monday, said the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state were peaceful as criminals were arrested during the period and handed over to the police.
“Cross River is currently a no go area for criminals and criminal-minded persons because the presence of Operation Akpakwu has made the state too hot for them to operate,” he said.
According to him, “Operation Akpakwu is fully equipped with communication gadgets, weapons, operational vehicles and well-trained personnel who are taking the war against crime to criminal hideouts.
“His Excellency, Senator Ben Ayade has appointed Security Advisers for the northern, central and southern parts of the state and all security apparatuses in those three zones were deployed to Calabar during the yuletide period and that helped to make sure every part of Calabar was covered by security operatives.”
He said criminals who plan to return or launch operations from outside the state should be ready to meet superior firepower from Operation Akpakwu if they made such efforts.
“We are not relenting and anyone who comes close to the state would be smoked out by our superior fire force as we are ready for them,” he said.
He added, “The three State Security Advisers have peace committees in place which are engaging community leaders, youths and women groups on the need for peace particularly where we have boundary issues or communal flashpoints.”