Crime rates in Calabar South local government of Cross River State has increased tremendously as Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has thrown the area into darkness for over two months.
Criminals hide under the darkness of no electricity to perpetrate crimes and invaded people’s houses. They commit various crimes even as the economic, social and political activities have been reduced drastically following the activities of hoodlums.
Investigations conducted revealed that crimes and cult activities are carried out freely in the areas where there is no electricity supply in Calabar South. It was gathered that for over two months now, the electricity supply has been disrupted and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has not offered any explanation.
When our correspondent visited PHED office on Calabar Road, the officials met declined comment and offered sealed lips. It would be recalled that high tensioned cable fell on some compounds at Umo Orok Street in Calabar South and killed one person, burnt several houses and cash amounted to N580, 000 and ever since there was no electricity in the area.
The victim was about to get marriage when the incident occurred. The victim, named Joseph but popularly known as man of God suffered great burnt and died. Ever since, the entire area had been thrown to darkness and crime rates has increased tremendously.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa while addressing a press Conference recently regretted the activities of hoodlums as he made reference to crime rates in Calabar south. He said some suspects have been arrested and will soon be charged to court after investigations. “I want to state categorically clear that the command is determined more than ever to surmount all forms of criminalities, burst criminal hideouts and expose all criminals operating within the state.”