By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande, at the weekend warned criminals who are in Calabar to relocate to other parts of the planet, as the Police Command is now poised to make life uncomfortable for criminals.
In his birthday message, the Police Commissioner read the warning out to criminals in Calabar while answering questions from newsmen, stressing that the police have put several measures on ground to rid the state of criminality, warning criminals to return to wherever they come from, adding that it is high time the state returned to its former status a tourism hub in Nigeria.
Warning that that as law enforcement agency, the police cannot sit down and fold their arms and watch criminals terrorize the citizens of the state, Akande vowed to go the extra mile to smoke criminals out from the state.
He said, “Relocate now to another continent if need be, if you don’t, very soon, my men would fish you out from wherever you have been hiding.”
The police CP maintained that the police authority in Cross River State is doing everything humanly possible to re-strategize, by putting several measures on ground to ensure that those perpetrating atrocities in the state are apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
On the foiling of attack by bandits on Ikot Ikpai police station around Old Odukpani Road, Calabar on Friday, by the police, the CP warned that any attempt by disgruntled individuals to launch attack on any police facility or personnel shall be met with serious resistance.
Advising community residents not to be afraid but to go about their lawful businesses, the CP stressed that the police under his watch in Cross River State would never molest or intimidate any one, if the people are law abiding.
He said, “Why would a police officer in his right frame of mind harass and intimidate law abiding citizens? No police man does that and get away with it without being sanctioned.”
Akande cautioned residents of the state against attempting to attack police station at Ikot Ikpai or anywhere in the state, even when both the police men and community residents had in the past lived peacefully like brothers and sisters.
The Police boss therefore sues for peaceful coexistence between the police and community residents for the development of the community, adding, “As police officers, we are for the people, if you keep attacking us, and get our men demoralized, who will you run to in trial times, when the criminals launched attack in the area?”