Police In Akwa Ibom Nab Kidnap Kingpins, Recover Four Babies
UYO, September 07, (THEWILL) – The Anti-kidnapping Squad Formation unit of the Nigeria Police in Akwa Ibom State has nabbed two kidnap suspects and recovered four babies in a raid at kidnap hotspots in the state.
The state’s commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Gwadabe disclosed this on Friday while addressing the press at the command headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia.
He said the suspects, Mfon Effiong Etuk (female) and her male partner were arrested in Udoro, Uyo Local Government Area, following a tip-off from a concerned citizen.
“When her house was searched, two babies were recovered; and in the process of interrogation, she led the Police search team to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where two more babies were recovered from buyers,” said Gwadabe, who was represented by Mr. Etim Dickson, the public relations officer of the Police. He added that “the four babies are presently in custody of the state government’s motherless home along IBB Way, Uyo.”
Also, the suspected kidnappers of Mr. Sunday Akpan and his son Inemesit Akpan, have been apprehended. The kidnappers had collected a ransom of N1million to release Sunday Akpan but shot and killed Inemesit Akpan when his ransom was not met in full.
He gave the name of two of the suspects, who were arrested by a team of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikot Ekpene, as Effiok Essien Etim (aka Azu) and Joshua Umo.
“The suspected armed robbers, Iboro Akpan of Ikot Essien, Ntuen Ubong and Benjamin Moses of No. 78 Science School Rd in Onna LGA were also smashed … even as one AK-47 riffle with five magazines and 60 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them,” he continued.
“Dealers in substances suspected to be Indian hemp were also arrested with over five bags full of such weeds at Ambierebe Akpawat Village, such suspects and the substances according to the commissioner, were transferred to appropriate agency for determination and prosecution.
The items recovered from the suspects, who were paraded before newsmen, include an AK-47 riffle, five magazines with 60 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, two toy guns, five bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, Toyota RAV 4 Jeep and one Vento VW car.
Gwadabe also appealed to citizens of the state to be unrelenting in feeding the Police with useful information on criminal activities without which the war against crime would be impossible to win.