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Cross Rivers State Police arrested over 80 persons for the looting of the state government and private persons property.
The Cross River Police Commissioner, Abdulkadir Jimoh,
said in a telephone conversation with some newsmen in Calabar that those arrested looted private offices,
homes as well as those who invaded the office of a member of the National Assembly
carted away various empowerment items at the Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC).
He said four new tricycles, water heaters, showers, air conditioners, headphones, executive chairs,
among other things accused of being stolen from the campaign office of Ntufam Etta Mbora,
the member representing the National Assembly of Calabar Municipal\Odukpani Federal Constituency were recovered by the police.
“We have arrested over 80 suspects and they are undergoing interrogation in various security facilities.
Looters have 24 hours to return all looted items before the house to house search gets to them as the recovery of looted items is ongoing”,
Jimoh said, adding,” I want to urge Community leaders, youth groups, religious leaders to expose the looters and shame them.
“No criminal element will be spared, no one who vandalized government property or looted personal effects and
invaded people private offices will go unpunished as they will face the full wrath of the law.
” We are already working in synergy with other sister agencies in a bid to fish out the bad eggs as well as recover looted items.
I will advise all those who are in possession of such items to in their own interest bring them out at conspicuous locations or face justice”
as the police will not rest until all the perpetrators of arson and vandalism which took place in the last 72 hours were all apprehended
and peace returned.
Meanwhile, the state government has promised N100, 000 rewards for information on looted property.
Ayade who made the promise in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr. Christian Ita, said,
“we will read N100, 000 to anybody who volunteers information that will lead to the recovery of looted property in the state
. Anyone with useful information should please contact this number: 0803 450 0531”.
Source: The Guardian