Calabar Police and JTF Arrests 150 Persons in Criminal Hunt


Security officials including the Police and the Joint Tax Force (JTF) in Calabar, Cross River State Capital has paraded no fewer than 150 persons and are in police detention after a 5-day hunt for criminals, cultists, hoodlums and miscreants disturbing the peace of the city.

The ranting which began on Saturday, a source in ‘Operation Skolombo’ said, has since continued with the suspected criminals kept in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) holding cell at the Cross River State Police Command Headquarters, Diamond Hill, Calabar and other locations.
The press corps was invited to the State Police Command but no briefing was given and said that there was talk of “a big parade of suspected criminals arrested within a specified time,” in the governor’s office.
According to CrossRiverWatch, not less than 137 suspects were arrested prior to the initial parade on Sunday which included more than 35 females suspected to be between the ages of 15 to 40s.
“The females looked like commercial sex workers, in fact they are ashawo (prostitutes),” a Policeman on duty said.
The arrests are been carried out by the joint security team ‘Operation Skolombo’  and due to the silence from Government authorities on the operation, has fuelled speculations of a 9 hour curfew imposed by the state from 9:00PM to 6:00AM.

Information gathered by this reporter states that the ‘Operation Delta Safe’ contingent in the state has been drafted in to assist in the operations coordinated by the State Security Adviser, Mr. Jude Ngaji with heavy contributions from the Chief Security Officer to Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, Mr. Mark Anyogo.
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