Governor of Cross Rivers state, Ben Ayade has ordered security operatives to launch a house to house search as part of efforts to recover looted items.
State residents over the weekend broke several government agencies, looting all items ranging from food to new toilet seats.
Beyond the COVID-19 palliatives discovered in a warehouse in Murtala Mohammed Highway Calabar, residents also took to offices of both public and private sectors carting away items.
Over 35 Offices were vandalized as homes of Senators Gershom Bassey and Udom Egba were razed in the process.
Reacting to the incident, Governor Ayade issued a directive that houses must be searched by security operatives to recover all the looted items.
This was contained in a statement by Christian Ita, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity.
The statement partly reads;
“Following the deployment of more soldiers to Calabar to help quell violence, Cross River Governor, Sir Ben Ayade has asked security agencies in the State to take legitimate actions to halt the arson and carnage witnessed in some parts of Calabar.
“The Governor also wants the security agents to carry out a house to house search for looted property and arrest everyone involved in the looting of both public and private property in the state”