Barely 24 hours after reading the riot act to criminals to look elsewhere for their nefarious activities, Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade and Service Commanders in the state yesterday, embarked on “operation show of force” across Calabar.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the exercise, Ayade explained that the exercise was a deliberate measure to let the miscreants know that his team was in absolute control of the entire situation.

His words: “We are out here as a show of force to demonstrate that we are in absolute control and we are going to keep Calabar totally safe,” adding that “we have done a complete surveillance of all the possible routes, all the water areas through which these criminals escape.”

Operation Show Force by Gov. Ayade

Continuing, he said: “We know who they are, the security and intelligence report has shown clearly the people who are behind all these activities and I can assure the people of Cross River State that Calabar is indeed peaceful and they should go about their legitimate businesses peacefully.”

The governor, who affirmed that all specific locations have been marked, even as access to water front’s will be cut off, hinted that “we are also embarking on a door to door search, and cordoning off of Calabar to ensure that nobody exits without a thorough search.”

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