The Akwa Ibom State police command has confirmed the arrest of some criminals and 42 persons found to have been involved in electoral offences in the just concluded general elections in the State.
The State Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), DSP Odiko MacDon, stated this on Friday, March 22, at a Press briefing in the State Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia in Uyo.
The PPRO noted that the offences committed ranged from unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful possession of result sheets as well as thuggery and malicious damage to electoral materials.
He stated that the cases are still being investigated by the State CID, adding that suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.
Making a count of the command’s achievement, the PPRO recalled that the Police had promised security of the people before, during and after the general elections to the people of Akwa Ibom which they achieved through partnerships with other security agencies and people of the state.
“On 20th January, 2019, based on a distress call, the Command arrested one Benny Essien Effiong ‘m’, Emmanuel ‘m’ a.k.a “Edworm” and David ‘m’ a.k.a “Miliphid” of Mkpanak, Ibeno Local Government Area who robbed six (6) residents of Uko’s compound in Iwuapong village, Ibeno Local Government Area of their belongings. One locally made gun, one expended cartridge, four android phones, ATM cards, SIM cards and memory cards were recovered from the suspects.
“On 19th February, 2019, acting on intelligence report, that two cult confraternities, De-Bam and Iceland clashed at Oruk Anam Local Government Area, Operatives of the Anti-cultism unit of the command acted swiftly and arrested one Emmanuel Etim Akpan ‘m’, aged 23yrs, Endurance Offot James ‘m’, aged 22yrs, Ntiense Etim Akpan ‘m’, aged 24yrs, Itengeke Monday Udo ‘m’, aged 26yrs and Kingsley Monday Hanson ‘m’, aged 20yrs. Suspects have been arraigned in court”.
“On 28th February, 2019, one John Friday John ‘m’, Joseph Etim Effiong ‘m’ and Eke Christopher ‘m’ were arrested by the operatives of the Command for abducting and jointly raping one Blessing Onyeiwu ‘f’, in an uncompleted building at Manta 1 Primary school. Suspects have been arraigned in court”.
“On 1st March, 2019 at about 01:14am, relying on a credible information, the command arrested one Uduak Stephen James ‘m’ of Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, Oscar Albert Eyo ‘m’ of Uruan Local Government Area, Bassey Ntokon Otong ‘m’ of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, and Wisdom Okon Edet ‘m’ of Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, who stole one white Toyota hilux at Akwa Savings Estate, Aka Itiam in Uyo. The said vehicle was taken to a spray painter at Ikot Ekpene to change the colour to enable them sell same. Suspects will be charged to court”.
“Also On 1st March, 2019, at about 03:30pm, based on a tip-off, the Command arrested one James Edidem ‘m’, aged 22yrs, who conspired with his gang and invaded the house of one Ifiok Essien ‘’m’, along Calabar/Itu road, Itu Local Government Area, and made away with one Television set, two GSM phones and other valuables. During investigation, the items including some charms were recovered. Suspect was charged to court”.
“In the same vein, on 14th March, 2019 at about 11:00pm, Operatives of the Command, arrested two robbery/murder suspects, namely: Emeti Effiong Jimmy ‘m’ of Assana village and Akaninyene Silas Effiong ‘m’ of Minya Ntak in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area who robbed one Nsidibe Monday Tommy ‘f’ in her provision shop in Ikot Ntuen village, Oruk Anam Local Government Area, dispossessing her of seventy thousand naira (N70, 000.00). In an attempt to rescue the victim by her father, one Monday Tommy Akpan, the suspects struck him with sticks and iron rods on his head and he fell down. The victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment where he later gave up the ghost”.
“On 15th March, 2019 at about 08:00am, crack team of ‘D’ Division arrested the kingpin of a six-man robbery gang. one Uforo Sunday Ekanem ‘m’, who entered the compound of one Prince Moses ‘m’ and Okon Edet ‘m’ of Goodland Avenue, off Atiku Abubakar Way, Uyo and robbed them of one Itel phone valued at twenty seven thousand naira (N27,000.00), Wico GSM phone valued at seventeen thousand naira (N17,000.00), torchlight valued at two thousand, seven hundred naira (N2,700.00) and cash of seventeen thousand naira (N17,000.00) on gunpoint was arrested”.
“That same 15th March, 2019, Operatives of the Command arrested one Promise Edem Asuquo ‘m’, Ini-ibehe Nse Edet ‘m’, Uforo Sunday Ekanem ‘m’ and Iberedem Dominic Edem ‘m’ who invaded a shop belonging to one Mfon Godwin ‘m’ at No. 78 Udo Etuk Inyang Street, off Atiku Abubakar Way, Uyo on 29th May, 2018, and carted away 32 inches Samsung television valued at eighty-five thousand naira (N85,000.00), three (3) computer monitors valued at forty-eight thousand naira (N48,000.00) and some phones. Suspects have been arraigned in court”.
“And on 20th March, 2019, at about 02:30am, hoodlums numbering about seven (7), armed with guns and machetes invaded the house of one Chukwuochan Ebube Jerry ‘m’ of No. 42 Believers Street, off Idoro Road and carted away one plasma TV, one infinix hot 6 phone, one HP laptop and cash of fifteen thousand naira (N15,000.00). On receipt of the information, Itam Divisional patrol team responded swiftly, and tactically trailed the hoodlums to Itam Motor Park, on sighting the police, the hoodlums escaped, abandoning the stolen items. Our vigilant Operatives arrested one Linus Okon Dickson ‘m’ in connection with the crime, and recovered one locally made short gun, one cartridge, one Plasma TV and one laptop. Investigation is ongoing”. He said.
Speaking on behalf of the Police Commissioner, CP Ibrahim Sani Kaoje, the PPRO assured Akwa Ibomites of their safety, peace and security.
He also thanked the State government for creating the right atmosphere for the Police to function effectively and lauded sister security agencies for their continued partnership in keeping the citizens secure.