The Cross River state government through the Calabar Urban Development Authority (CUDA), is working towards ensuring that psychotic people (mad people) are kept away from the streets, social and commercial centers across the state.
The policy which is aimed at keeping the state clean and safe has made the state government provide a facility – the CUDA Vagrant Psychotic Remand Home at Uwanse, Calabar South LGA, which houses about 100 psychotic persons made up of men and women age between 18 to 60.
The CUDA Secretary, Hon. Joemary Ekeng Ita thanked the state governor, Sen. Ben Ayade for his continuous assistance to the Agency in dealing with the ugly situation.
While lamenting that statistics reveal that about 95% of these mad people are not indigenes of Cross River state, the CUDA Secretary disclosed that these psychotic persons are in the habit of seeking accommodations at beautiful spots and lonely areas, causing a lot of problem and threat to innocent persons.
According to Ekeng Ita, most of these mad people do not enter the state as individual migrants but are dumped in groups at some lonely spots and allowed to move into towns and cities.
He further disclosed that hoodlums also enter the state disguised as psychotic persons and use uncompleted buildings as their hideout while studying their points of target by day and at night carry out their notorious activities without the people and security agencies suspecting.
Ekeng Ita added that some are drug dealers who go around by day as mad persons distributing their harmful merchandise to different retail dealers.
He, therefore, called on Cross Riverians to be vigilant as most of these persons come in to disrupt the peace and beautiful tourism environment of the state.
In a related development, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has advocated for a reformative system that will rehabilitate criminals and make their reintegration into the society easier.
While recently receiving a delegation from the Prison Fellowship Society of Nigeria at his office, Dogara berated the Nigerian Justice system for not reforming convicted criminals.
He noted that some people who were sentenced to jail for involvement in crimes got so frustrated with the system which instead of reforming them, made them more frustrated and angry and their communities.
According to the Speaker, at the end of the day, such people returned to the society to commit more serious crimes against other citizens.
While commending the Prison Fellowship Society for their dedication to the welfare of the prisoners, Dogara noted that all Nigerians benefit from their personal sacrifice and conviction.
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Speaking on behalf of the group, the Executive Director of the Prison Fellowship Society, Barrister Benson Ngozi Iwuagwu, urged the Speaker to help to push through legislation, reforms for the justice system in Nigeria and collaborate with the fellowship to alleviate the sufferings of the prisoners.