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Akwa Ibom: Police arrest 126 criminal suspects in first quarter 2023

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Akwa Ibom: Police arrest 126 criminal suspects in first quarter 2023
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command says it has arr...

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command says it has arrested a total of 126 suspects who allegedly engaged in various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, vandalism, murder and rape in the first quarter of 2023

Parading some of the suspects on Saturday during a press conference at the Command headquarters in Ikot Akpanabia Uyo, the Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi explained that the synergy between the police and other sister agencies helped the police to record the feat

Durosinmi also paraded about four suspects who kidnapped a retired permanent secretary in the state, Mr. Ignatius Brown of Abak Local Government Area and demanded a ransom of N80 million having seen what was in his bank account through his handset

The CP who warned people to pay detailed attention to security by not going about with the phones that have an alert of their huge savings noted that it was the account balance of their victim that made them peg the ransom to that amount even as he said that police advised the family not to pay a dime to the kidnappers

He explained that the family out of desperation gathered some money and paid the suspects but police operatives were able to trace the kidnapper's hideout, rescued the victim and arrested some suspects while others were at large and one (1) locally made pistol, three (3) wooden guns were recovered

Meanwhile, one of the suspects, Sunday Ekwere confessed to having received 850,000

00 as proceeds from the ransom they collected

The text in parts, "Sunday Daniel Ekwere ‘m’ of Ibiaka village (d) Emmanuel Mbosowo Friday ‘m’ of Ikot Abasi Akpan village both in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, who were involved in the kidnapping of Mr. Ignatius Brown of Abak Local Government Area, a former Permanent Secretary, were also arrested

The said Sunday Ekwere confessed to having received 850,000

00 as proceed from the ransom "Anietie Okomba Utoh a

k

a Akpakpa ‘m’ of Ikot Obio Utoh village in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area, (f) Ubong Gideon Akpan a

k

a Udo Power ‘m’ of Ekparakwa village in Oruk Anam Local Government Area, were involved in the kidnapping and attempted murder of Godwin Pius Ekarika of Ikot Obio Utok village and Peter Aniefiok Thompson of Ikot Abiaenin village

" The Commissioner also paraded three suspects for vandalizing and stealing six mast backup batteries belonging to MTN and AIRTEL Communications Companies, valued at 1

6 million naira each

The suspects, Chinwe Precious Nwabara ‘m’, Bright Godswill ‘m’, and Chinedu Divine Nweke ‘m’ who came from Portharcourt in connivance with an Airtel staff, Tochi, now at large disguised as engineers working on the mast so as to carry out the crime

The Commissioner explained that the Eagle Response Squad of the Command tracked the batteries to AKTC motor park where the suspects were trying to waybill it to Port Harcourt

He added that the operatives apprehended the suspects and recovered the exhibits

"On 21st March 2023, at about 5:00pm, based on a reliable report, hoodlums on the same date disguised as Engineers, drove with an ash-coloured Toyota Camry with Reg

No

KJA 321 FS, around Uyo, Abak, Oron and Okobo locations, vandalized and stole mast backup batteries belonging to MTN and AIRTEL Communications Companies, valued at 1

6 million naira each

The Commissioner said the suspects would be charged to court after investigations even as he urged members of the public to be security conscious and avail the police with useful information that would aid them serve the public better

The Commissioner said the suspects would be charged to court after investigations even as he urged members of the public to be security conscious and avail the police with useful information that would aid them serve the public better

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