From all indications, Governor Ben Ayade’s call to the federal government to deploy soldiers to the Uyanga forests in Akamkpa LGA of Cross River State has been granted almost immediately.
Last week, the governor personally signed a letter vowing that he will take the war to the bandits wherever they may be.
He called on the federal government to deploy both Tucano aircraft and more security personnel to comb the Akamkpa forests for suspected bandits.
Those the governor described as bandits had seized and abducted nine motorists and dragged them into the forests. Security operatives went into action and the hostages were released the next day.
But on Friday, there were reports again that another seven persons were kidnapped at the same spot on the Uyanga-Ikom-Calabar highway.
Early Sunday morning, military men from the army, navy and police took over the Uyanga community.
According to a resident who spoke to journalists, their confidence has been restored.
“We were scared by the activities of the gunmen. Even travellers are also scared because they daringly operated yesterday on the highway,” he stated.