The Cross River State Police Command has arrested about 80 suspects involved in destruction of various government and private property in Calabar.
The Cross River Commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh said they have so far recovered a lot of looted items and have apprehended many.
“We have up to 80 suspects in different facilities arrested in connection with looting of private offices, homes as well as those who invaded office of a National Assembly member, carting away various empowerment items including tricycles, stage and sound equipment from Calabar International Conference Center, CICC.
He urged the traditional institutions community leaders, faith groups, youth as well as community policing committees including the good people of Cross River to expose looters.
“I want to urge Community leaders, youth group, religious leaders to expose the looters and shame them.
“We have arrested over 80 suspects and they are undergoing interrogation in various security facilities. Looters have 24 hours to return all looted items before the house to house search gets to them as recovery of looted items is ongoing.
“No criminal element will be spared; no one who vandalized government property or looted personal effects and invaded people private offices will go unpunished as they will face the full wrath of law,” he said.
“We are already working in synergy with other sister agencies in a bid to fish out the bad egg as well as recover looted items, I will advise all those who are in possession of such items to in their own interest bring them out at conspicuous locations or face justice,” he said.
Speaking further, the Police Commissioner said they have so far recovered four new tricycles, water heaters, bath tubs, Air Conditioners, musical Speakers, Executive chairs amongst other items mostly suspected to be stolen from the Campaign office of House of Representatives member, Hon Etta Mbora.
Other items include stage equipment at the CICC, sewing machines from garment factory, fumigating equipment cartons of pesticides and so on.
Daily Times reports that he condemned the perpetrators of arson and the vandalism which took place in the state on Saturday 24th October and assured that his command will not rest until they were all apprehended and total peace returns to the city and the state at large.