Cross River State governor Senator Ben Ayade has ordered security agencies in the state to search houses to recover looted items and also take legitimate action to halt violence.
On Friday and Saturday last week, hoodlums and looters broke into over 35 government and private property, looting several items and seting some buildings ablaze.
On Friday hoodlums numbering over 15, 000 had broken into the Cross River State government uncompleted Fabrication Academy and carted away thousands of COVID-19 palliative meant for people of the state.
Similarly the large crowd of persons trooped to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) along Barracks road, the Ministry of Works warehouses at Ekrinim 2, broke the warehouses and also made away with relief materials.
The governor had on Friday announced a 24 hour curfew in the state yet properties were looted and burnt down on Saturday
Senator Ayade in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said, following the deployment of more soldiers to Calabar to help quell the violence, 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 in the statement 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.