Insecurity: Cross River goes spiritual, to invoke traditional sanctions against criminals

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Angered by the alarming incidence of kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of criminality, the Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council says it would invoke native and traditional sanctions against criminals terrorising the state.

The Council in a statement made available to journalists in Calabar on Saturday, said ‘In keeping to their role as Ambassadors of Peace and custodians of tradition; and in support of the State Government and people of the State, wish to inform the general public, that it would invoke Native and Traditional Sanctions to serve as deterrence against the perpetrators of kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminalities and vices in our dear State.’

Traditional rulers council in Cross River

It said ‘This is consequent upon the continuous violation of public peace in the aftermath of the #EndSARS riots and other challenges in the state”, adding that the effort shall take the Council to all the 18 local government areas of the state.

The statement, while urging visitors and the general public to go about their normal daily businesses without fear, insisted that “We don’t have any other state, but Cross River State, so we must work together to enthrone and sustain an enduring peace in our dear State.’