Cross River State government demolishes building of suspected kidnappers

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Cross River State government has demolished four buildings in Calabar south local government area owned by suspected kidnappers who have been declared wanted by the state government.

Barely three days after the cross river State government declared 35 suspected cultists wanted and vowed to demolish any house owned by the suspects, the government swung into action on Thursday 28 May, 2020.

Three of the buildings that were destroyed at the quarters of the Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, were owned by one of the suspected kidnappers, kufre Ekpe Etim, popularly called “romance”

BN gathered that the other building which was used as a brothel in Calabar south, was owned by Cyril Bassey, who is also on the wanted list of the state government.

Mr Bassey, is a councillorship candidate of the people’s democratic party in ward 6, Calabar south, in the forthcoming May 30th Local government polls in the state.

Mr Ani Esin , the state security adviser, southern senatorial district to governor Ben Ayade, make it known that the two suspects were among those earlier declared wanted by the state for their involvement in cultism and killings in Calabar.

Mr Esin said the state government in collaboration with security agencies have been on the chase for the suspects in the past three weeks.

According to Mr Esin, the state government carried out the demolition with the support of the special Anti robbery squad (SARS)

“for sometime now, there have been cases of cult clashes which have led to the death of many people. We are taking those deaths seriously, we must get to the bottom of the matter by arresting those involved in all the recorded deaths in Calabar.

“we will stop at nothing in getting justice for the deaths of those affected”, he said.

“the state government is ever determined to ensure that lasting peace is returned to Calabar. We are collaborating with all relevant agencies and stakeholders to deliver on this mandate”, he said.

He called on all residents to always avail his office and security agencies with useful information that would lead to the arrest of suspected criminals around them.

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