Governor Liyel Imoke
By Jude Okwe
Officers and men of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, Cross River State Friday paraded over 93 persons suspected to be cultists who belong to two notorious rival groups that have in the last one week made life unbearable for residents of Calabar South Local Government Area through supremacy fight.
The fallout of the renewed street clash was the reported death of six persons just as property worth several millions of Naira owned by innocent people especially traders on Nelson Mandela, Goldie, Bassey Duke, Bedwell Streets and the Watt markets have either been looted or destroyed by the hoodlums who move about in the evening in groups.
Public Relations Officer of the 13 Brigade, Akim Barracks, Calabar, Captain Joseph James who paraded the suspects said some of them were arrested while in action and others in hide outs including brothels where hard drugs like Indian hemp and cocaine are sold.
"Following the incident that took place on Tuesday 19th of June 2012 in a serious cult clash in Calabar South which led to the killings of some people, and another mayhem the following day where there was another clash.
Based on intelligence report, which we got, our men and officers of the Nigerian Army alongside the Quick Intervention Squad, QIs, which is the joint security force in Calabar saddled with the responsibility of upholding the security of the state, went out and conducted a raid.
"When they got to the scene where this clash happened, several arrests were made and as you can see on the background, some of these people are suspected cultists and their arrest were made and we brought them here last night.
"The whole essence is to investigate and to find out and get the perpetrators of that clash. The Nigerian army will never relent. 13 Brigade officers and soldiers will never give up, we will never relent. QIS and Operation Messa, we will continue to make arrest, we will continue to haunt those perpetrators and make sure we smoke them out wherever they are and hand them over to the law so that the law will take appropriate action on them.