By Patrick Obia
Association of Cross River Online Journalists (ACROJ) has condemned in totality Friday and Saturday’s mass looting and destruction of public and private properties in Calabar, pledges media support to arrest the menace.
The association in a press release signed by its Chairman, Comrade Edem Darlington, and Secretary, Comrade Archibong Jeremiah, noted that, Cross River State is never known for destruction and shouldn’t be permitted.
The journalists union sympathized with those whose businesses have been looted, vandalised and pray quick recovery for the injured, calling on all traditional, religious leaders and Cross Riverians to support the efforts of security agents in identifying the criminal elements who have taken advantage of the honest #EndSARS protest to bring the State to a ruin.
Release reads in details,
“Dear Cross Riverians, over the last few days, our State like never before, has experienced needless and wanton destruction of both public offices and private businesses of hard working individuals. This is not who we are and we must not permit such in our State.
“While we sympathize with those whose businesses have been looted and pray quick recovery for the injured, we wish to call on all traditional and religious leaders in the State to support our hard working security agents in identifying the criminal elements who have taken advantage of the honest #EndSARS protest to plunge our State into this carnage as well as work with Government to restore our dear State to glory.
“This is time for all Cross Riverians to join hands together to rebuild our dear State. We must look beyond whatever differences we have and work tirelessly to restore the glory of our dear State.
“We call on religious, traditional, political and other leaders of thought to rally around each other as we embark on the business of redeeming our State.
“Finaly, we wish to assure Government, security agencies and the good people of the State of our media support and collaboration in arresting this menace and restoring the glory of our dear State.”
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