Governor of Ben Ayad Cross River State he has called for more military assistance to counter the rising trend of insecurity in the state.
The governor specifically asked the military authorities to deploy more troops and Super Tucano aircraft.
The request was contained in a statement issued in Calabar on Wednesday, by Mr. Ayade.
After nine passengers were abducted along the Ikom/Ogoja road on Wednesday.
The governor, while sympathizing with the families of the victims, said his administration would not tolerate any criminality in the state.
“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this heinous crime that violated the innocence of our state.
“I am asking for the calm, support and cooperation of our people as the security man combs every nook and cranny of Uyanga forest.
“We are peaceful people and we will not allow any type of criminality to find fertile ground in our state.
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“We have petitioned the Federal Government to mobilize more troops to Uyanga forest as well as deploy Super Tucano aircraft.
“We have activated the Homeland Security outfit and hired local hunters to help us in a private paramilitary capacity,” he said.
Governor Ayade unveiled the government’s plan to procure more gunboats and patrol vehicles to protect the waterways and highways of the state.
Meanwhile, the state police said that Eight of the nine kidnapped passengers have been rescued.
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