The Cross-River State command has disclosed the arrest of suspected kidnappers and armed robbers caught at different locations.
Briefing news men at the State CID, the Commissioner of Police, Henry Fadairo said the command upon getting information of kidnapped cases and stolen cars immediately swung into action and rescued the victims unharmed and recovered stolen cars.
He used the medium to reassure members of the public that the command has the capacity, capability and will to deal with any one who may want to harass, and intimidate residents of the state.
The Commissioner also cautioned the public be security conscious in their day to day deeds to avoid been harassed and report any incidence of crime promptly.
The Nigeria Police Force say it will not compromise on anything that will cause breach of peace, unruly conduct and any other act likely to cause a breakdown of law and order.
The Police’s statement is part of preparations ahead of Saturday’s rerun election in Yakurr II Local Government Area of Cross River State in southern Nigeria.
The Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Henry Fadairo, made the call at a meeting with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all political parties and stakeholders where they signed the peace accord.
Mr Fadairo appealed to all political stakeholders that are directly or indirectly involved in the election to play the game according to the rules or face the full wrath of the law.
According to him, it became necessary to sign the accord as a binding agreement that there would be no breakdown of law and order before, during and after the elections in the five wards of Yakurr II.
The Police Commissioner warned that the law would be no respecter of anybody, no matter how highly placed, stressing that political activities will effectively accommodate the interest of all without undermining the fundamental rights of citizens.
On issues bothering on security, Fadairo disclosed that the Cross River State Police Command had trained and mobilised adequate Policemen that would provide security in the 65 polling units where the rerun would be held.
He added that the force would also ensure restriction of movement in the affected areas to prevent hoodlums from gaining access to electoral materials.
The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Police has paraded about 30 persons suspected of different crimes in Calabar, the state capital.
Parading the suspects at the State CID, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Henry Fadairo, said that the exercise is part of the Command’s efforts towards eradicating criminal activities in the state.
While briefing reporters, the CP claimed the suspects were arrested at different locations of the state for crimes ranging from armed robbery, unlawful possession of fire arms, cultism among others.
He maintained that the Police would continue to fish out all perpetrators of crime in the state and bring them to book, in order to achieve a crime-free Cross River.
Mr Fadairo also called on the public to always assist the Police with useful information.
Cross River State’s Controller of Prisons, Clement Udosen and his counterpart, the Commissioner of Police, Henry Fadairo, have raised an alarm over congestion in prison yards and police cells.
Prisons and police cells in Cross River State, south-south Nigeria, have become congested due to the industrial action of the State’s chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) that has been on for over seven months.
Despite the suspension of the strike by the JUSUN, Cross River State is yet to comply and the effect has left many suspects awaiting trial unable to determine their fate.
Udosen and Fadairo are calling on the State government and the union to come to an agreement and end the strike for the sake of the common man.
According to the two principal security officers, the refusal by the union to return to work since December 2014 had left the prisons and cells congested.
The Police Commissioner disclosed that police cells across Cross River State presently have about 200 inmates which the command caters for, a situation he described as a huge challenge.
However, the State’s Secretary of JUSUN, Ogboni Adjah, revealed that the State government and the union had been meeting, believing a compromise would be reached by both parties soon.
While negotiations are still ongoing, with a feel of human kindness on the part of government, lawyers, Francis Anop and Whyte Ekanem, also appealed to both parties to reach an optimistic agreement.