No fewer than 50 operatives of the Akwa Ibom State command of the Nigeria Police Force at the weekend, raided a criminal makeshift houses popularly called ‘Nassarawa’, in Itu local government area, seizing large consignments of marijuana, tramadol and other stolen properties including phones belonging to owners mostly from Northern Nigeria.
The demolition of hundreds of makeshift buildings by the police, it was gathered, came on the orders of the state government and was supervised by the attorney general and commissioner for Justice, Mr Uwemedimo Nwoko and his counterpart from the Ministry of Environment, Dr Iniobong Essien.
According to the leader of the operation, Mr Francis Erhabor, from the Itam Police Division, the shanties located near the popularly Hausa\Fulani livestock, grains and vegetable market, had been under close surveillance in the last couple of months following cases of alleged theft, abuse of illicit drugs and other crimes.
He warned that security agencies would not hesitate to clamp down on all illicit activities of criminals that pose security threat to lives and property of residents and urged the people including non indigenes to imbibe the rules and regulations governing the state.
Investigation, he added would be sustained in order to arrest and bring the culprits to book, even as he charged the local residents to always volunteer information to security agencies on activities of criminal elements in their neighbourhoods for timely intervention to nib such cases in the bud.
The commissioner for Justice, Mr Nwoko, expressed surprise at the discovery of such hideout located within the precinct of the Uyo Capital City and vowed that the state government would stop at nothing to punish anyone found to have infringe with the law by his actions and solicited the cooperation of security forces to bring criminals to justice.
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