The Cross River State Government security outfit “Operation Okpakwu” has demolished a hotel for allegedly serving as a hideout for suspected kidnappers.
The hotel located at 8 Miles area in Calabar Municipality was allegedly harbouring a notorious kidnapper known as “Kingsley” and his gang members.
The State Security Adviser, to the Governor Ben Ayade, Mr Henry Okokon, alleged that most of the robbery and kidnap cases that were carried out by the kidnappers were planned and coordinated from the hotel.
According to Okokon, the exercise is part of the plan setup by Akpakwu to fight against insecurity in the state. He also revealed that the Governor has warned landlords against harbouring and aiding criminal activities.
“The demolition exercise is an ongoing process, it is part of the activities of Operation Akpakwu that was set up to fight criminality in the state, especially kidnapping. The governor had warned landlords who are harbouring criminals to desist from doing so. Therefore, anybody found to be harbouring, abetting, or aiding crime, must definitely be held responsible,”
”This hotel is one of the buildings that have been harbouring criminals and the government has decided to bring it down.” Okokon said.
He added that legal procedures were taking before the demolition of the hotel was carried by the state government.
“This is a warning signal to all, and I think everybody should be aware of this. The general public should be aware that security is everyone’s business. I want to state that all legal procedures were taken before this building was demolished. The police have equally done their investigation, that is why we have the Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel here on the ground.” he added.