Governor Ben Ayade has ordered the restriction of movement of scrap trucks from Cross River State to other states.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, the governor said the attention of the Governor has been drawn to information that looters are attempting to move stolen items out of the state as scrap
“it has come to the attention of the governor that in a desperate bid to escape arrest, criminals and their masterminds who callously looted government and private properties have now resorted to moving such items out of the state disguised as scraps.
”Consequently, the government hereby places an immediate ban on the transportation of scraps of all categories out of the state”, the statement further said.
The governor directed all transporters and motorists in the state to report anyone that approaches them to move scraps out of the state to security agents, warning that any of them caught transporting looted items will be regarded as an accomplice and treated as a looter.
Gov Ayade recalled that following massive looting and destruction of public and private properties and businesses in Calabar by hoodlums the looters may flee out of the state