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Henceforth, any form of protest across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State remains banned till further notice, says the Commissioner of Police, Sikiru Akande.

Akande made this known in Calabar shortly after he paraded 109 suspected criminals who have been making the state their hotbeds for various crimes ranging from armed robbery, cultism, and arson.

The Police Commissioner, who warned that the police would not rest on its oars until criminal elements are smoked out from their hideouts, said criminals hide under civil protest to cause insecurity in the state.

He said the warning was in line with the newly confirmed Inspector-General of Police’s vision to fight criminality across the six geo-political zones with the formation of Operation Restore Peace.

The Commissioner of Police said the Command will leave no stone unturned to rid the state of activities of miscreants and other criminal elements, calling on the citizens to partner with the police in giving useful intelligence information.

The breakdown of items recovered from some of the suspected criminals according to the police includes four tricycles, two locally-made guns with three cartridges, charms, and cult uniforms.