Cross River to register boats to curb kidnappings on waterways

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Cross River to register boats to curb kidnappings on waterways

By Christian Njoku

The Cross River government has said it plans to register all boats and vessels operating in the state to curb kidnappings on the waterways.

Mr Bobby Ekpenyong, the Director General of the state waterways agency said that the operators would be licensed at the end of the registration which would start on Dec. 1.

He said that the registration became necessary following increased kidnappings and other crimes on waterways in the state.

“Gov. Ben Ayade is worried about the incessant kidnappings and illegal activities going on in the state’s waterways.

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“He has directed that necessary measures be put in place to arrest the ugly trend.

“I want to use this opportunity to warn all operators of wooden boats, fibre engine boats and vessels, that any unregistered boat or vessel operating in the state will be impounded as from Jan. 1,” he said.

Cross Rivers had witnessed increased kidnappings especially in Calabar lately, with the perpetrators using the waterways as escape route to the creeks.