The Cross River State governor ,Prof. Ben Ayade has  launched a Special joint security team ” Operation Akpakwu ” comprising all security agencies including police ,Army ,Navy amongst others .

While launching “Operation Akpakwu” on Thursday at the governor’s office ,Calabar ,the governor told criminals including kidnappers ,armed robbers and bandits to steer clear of the state or wrath in jail .

Gov. Ayade also appealed to the Federal government to fulfil the agreement with the defunct Bakassi Strike Force to grant amnesty to them through the state government .

Speaking at the event, Ayade who was flanked by all the service commanders in the state, vowed to return the state, particularly Calabar, to the paradise it once was.

He said though statistically Cross River  remains one of the safest place  in the country while  decrying the recent incidents of criminality , especially kidnappings in the state.

His words :”Every criminal in the Cross River at this point must  relocate immediately or rot in jail  as the state will no longer be a haven for their kind.

“Cross River State statistically remains the safest state in Nigeria , however as a state we are used to the culture of zero kidnapping, zero cultism and zero robbery.

“In recent past, there has been an increase in the number of crime within the Niger Delta and the country as a whole arising from the difficulty orchestrated by #EndSars as well as Covid19 which brought a general poverty and general hardship upon the entire world.

“The instruction is very clear from Abuja, you must deal decisively with any form of criminality, you must deal decisively with any form of banditry, cultism, kidnapping of any form.