The Cross River State Police Command on Tuesday at its headquarters in Calabar paraded crime suspects among them alleged armed robbers, kidnappers and child traffickers, murders. Addressing journalists, the state Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, said the armed robbery suspects arrested include Samuel Francis, Okon Ekpe Okon, Umeh Udofia, Lawrence Paul John, Godwin Udoh and Effa Effiom Bassey. Ozi-Obeh, also said an alleged child trafficker by named Gift Etim Ikono was arrested together with her sister, Esther Ikono and one Florence Victor Ekpo for child trafficking. He said the two girls gave birth to two different babies and “the babies were sold out by the suspect to an unknown buyer.
Investigation is ongoing to get to the root of the matter.” The commissioner said some suspects among them, Monday Edet Akpan and Etim Okon Etim allegedly connived with a native doctor, Felix Edet Umoh, to murder two un-named victims whom they accused of killing their children through witchcraft power.
He said a Lexus Jeep, with registration No. LSD 281 CY, which was snatched in Calabar was trailed to Gwarimpa, Abuja where it was recovered. The commissioner said the suspects were helping the police with investigations. He assured the people of the state that the place was safe for every person to live and work in.
“In the light of the above, it will be pertinent to reassure members of the general public that the command has the capacity, capability and the wherewithal to deal with any miscreant who may dare to harass, intimidate and instill fears in the mind of Cross Riverians,”the commissioner said.
He charged Calabar residents to maintain the peace and be vigilant, and to report all suspicious characters and movement to security agents for prompt action.