The state government and security agencies have failed to officially address the incessant kidnappings in Calabar, Cross River State capital.
The Cross River State Southern Senatorial Assembly (CRSSDA) has decried the state government’s handling of Kidnapped cases in the state.
In a press release signed by Mr. John Offiong, said Cross Riverians now live in fear in a once quiet, safe and peaceful environment.
The Press Release Reads;
“As a result of the kidnap of Mr. Ani Oku Ita and Mrs Eno Patrick Okon are both illustrious children of Cross River State, we, the Cross River State Southern Senatorial Assembly have been compelled to condemn the menace unequivocally.
“Safety and security doesn’t just happen, they are the reault of collective consensus, public investment and a firm resolve by the leadership of the day uphold this requirement. We owe our people, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free from violence and fear.
The kidnap of Mr Ani and Mrs Okon can easily be described as the umpteenth incidents within the last fear years.
“Cross Riverians now live in fear in a once quiet, safe and peaceful environment. Our reality today is that visitors/tourists are becoming more hesitant to visit, thereby impacting negatively on the tourism industry which once made our economy boom.
There is a continuous silence in some quarters and it is curious and disturbing, the statement added.
“We refuse to keep quiet and let this deliberate provocation go unchallenged and hereby call on the State Government, the Inspector General of Police, Director of Department of State Security State and other Security Agencies to intervene and put modalities in place to curb the menace and end the existing security nightmare in Cross River State.
We demand that Mr Ani Ita and Mrs Eno Patrick be returned to their families forthwith, unarmed!
“The people of Cross River State deserve better than what we are being served at the moment. We will not continue to fold our arms and watch the docile handling of our security. We hereby charge the State Government to live up to the basic expectations of securing lives and people of ALL Cross Riverians.
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
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