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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has dismissed an allegation from members of the public about the Force being negligent of its duty of securing lives and properties within the state.

The Command’s spokesperson, DSP Odiko Macdon, stated this in a press release on Friday, October 4, adding that the Force is most times not informed of these occurrences by citizens.

“The Akwa Ibom State Police Command is inundated and deeply troubled by reports that hoodlums, sometime last week at different days and times between the hours 6:00pm and 7:00pm were seen assaulting and robbing innocent Akwa Ibomites along Aka Road, Udo Umana Road, Etuk Street and Nwaniba Road unchallenged”, the release reads.

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“More worrisome is the fact that no one called to inform the Police, thereby allowing the hoodlums to have a field day”.

“While this trend is to some extent, alien, it is totally unacceptable to the Command. The Command has therefore emplaced proactive security measures to prevent a reoccurrence of such untoward incidents”.

The PPRO identified and gave the names of those recently arrested, while maintaining that the Police was after others.

“The following persons: Ubong I. Asuquo, Unwana E. Etim, Saviour U. Oso, Idongesit E. Okon, Sunday E. Edet, all of Mbikpong Ikot Edim and Ikot Udo Ekop in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, were arrested, and during interrogation confessed to be  members of various secret cult groups and part of the gang responsible for the robberies in and around Uyo metropolis.”

“Whereas, the Command is aware of the fact that this is not the only gang, it has widened its drag net to apprehend all those responsible”.

Macdon also charged members of the public on being alert to suspicious moves around them, while giving out hotlines of the Police Force in the State.

“However, in an effort to effectively police the State, the Command wishes to call on all hands to be on deck and urge the good people of the State to be more vigilant and quick in reporting such criminal actions to the Police via her hotlines of 08039213071, 08081388797 and 08020913810 which are available 24/7 for prompt action, while taking into cognizance the fact that the Police cannot be everywhere at every time”.

Speaking on the restriction of motorcycles in Uyo and Eket Local Government Areas, Macdon stressed that the embargo remained sacrosanct, and is geared at curbing the rising spate of insecurity in both cities of the state.

“On the subsisting prohibition order on the use of motorcycles within Uyo metropolis and in Eket between the hours of 6pm and 6am, the Command wishes to reiterate that its commitment is unwavering and therefore urge all those still violating the order to desist forthwith or face arrest and prosecution. It should also be noted that the ban is total including all security agencies”, he said.