THE Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Six, with headquarters in Calabar, Cross River State, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, on Friday promised to end kidnapping in the South-South region.
The zone consists of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ebonyi and Rivers states.
Ogunsakin said the police and other security agencies in the zone had identified kidnapping as one of the major criminal activities in the area, adding that efforts had been stepped up to put an end to the vice.
The AIG gave this assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V.
He assured the Obong of Calabar that the menace of kidnapping, especially in Calabar-South of the metropolis and other areas in Cross River State would soon fizzle out.
“I want to assure you that the issue of kidnapping will soon be put to an end in the South-South region. We have put parameters in place to ensure it becomes a thing of the past,” he said.
Prior to the 2015 general elections, there were reported cases of politically-motivated kidnappings in the zone, including Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, among other areas in the country.
The AIG, who is known for his advocacy for community policing, used the visit to strengthen the relationship between the police and the traditional institutions in Cross Rivers State.
Ogunsakin frowned on the rising crime rate particularly in Calabar-South and urged police chiefs in the area to stem the rising tide of crime.
He, however, assured the Obong and his Council of Chiefs of his resolve to tackle crime in the area.
In his response, the Obong expressed joy over the visit and urged the AIG not to relent in the fight against crime.
While commending the Zone Six command for orderly conduct over the years, the Obong pledged the support of the traditional rulers in Cross River for the police.