Two buildings, a bungalow and storey building, were demolished at the weekend in Calabar, Cross River State, by a security outfit, ‘Operation Akpakwu.’
The demolition followed allegations that the owner of the bungalow was a suspected kidnapper while the owner of the storey building allegedly used it as a brothel where underage girls engaged in prostitution.
The bungalow was at Ekorinim 1, while the demolished brothel was located off Odukpani Road opposite Flour Mill.
Speaking after the exercise, Mr Henry Okokon, the state Security Adviser, Southern Senatorial District to Governor Ben Ayade, said, “The bungalow that was demolished belonged to an individual who had been caught in the act of kidnapping in the state, while the brothel was demolished for housing underage girls for prostitution and other illegal activities.
“This is a warning signal to everybody. Whosoever is involved in crime of any form should desist from it. The demolition was one of the ways of chasing criminals out of the state.
“This is part of the activities of Operation Akpakwu, a special force set up by Governor Ayade to fight crime in the state, especially kidnapping. This demolition exercise is ongoing. The governor has warned that anyone who is involved in any form of criminality, or any landlord who is found harbouring any criminal should desist from it.”
However, during the demolition of the brothel, the wife of the owner, simply identified as Ijeoma, alleged that her husband paid varying sums of money ranging from N100,000 to N1m to security personnel who promised to spare the building from demolition.
Security officials who monitored the exercise promised to investigate and take action against those who allegedly went behind to collect money from the owner of the property.
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