Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Cross River State Police Command wednesday announced that it had arrested four persons suspected to have been involved in the shooting of former President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s son in-law, Prince Godswill Edward, in Calabar.
Edward was shot on July 7, 2017 at 17B Kasuk Street, 3rd Avenue Road, State Housing Estate, Calabar while he was driving into his residence.
However, Edward who was shot on his head, survived as he was rushed to the hospital for prompt medical treatment.
Parading the suspects at the state police headquarters in Calabar wednesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafi Inuwa, said the arrested persons are Aniah Godwin Ungwugwaje, 18; Akwagiobo Boniface, 22; Adamade John Ereshie, 23; and Ekuma Ifeanyichukwu, 26.
Briefing journalists on their arrest, Inuwa said the suspects were arrested at different locations in Obudu town, Obudu Local Government Area on July 26.
â€œThey have all made useful statements in connection with the shooting, aimed at facilitating the arrest of other fleeing associates for interrogation and prosecution,â€ the commissioner said.
Inuwa also announced that it has arrested a man, Mr Abraham Moses Udoh, for allegedly selling his two-year-old son, Elisha, for N150, 000 in Calabar.
Inuwa said Udohâ€™s wife reported the matter to the police when it became apparent to her that her husband had sold their son.
â€œOn July 24, at about 0200hrs, a case of child trafficking was reported at Uwanse divisional police headquarters, Calabar by one Mrs. Esther Abraham of No 2 Amika Utuk Street, Calabar, against her husband, Mr. Abraham Moses Udoh of the same address, who stole away her two year old boy, Elisha Abraham without her consent.
â€œUpon investigation, the father of Elisha, was interrogated and he revealed that his child, Elisha was sold by him to an unknown woman residing in Uyo in Akwa Ibom State at the sum of N150,000.
â€œThe sum of N100,300 was recovered from him and registered as exhibit. Investigation is in progress to arrest the alleged buyer and recover the child before they would be charged to court,â€ the commissioner said.
Answering questions from journalists, Udoh who admitted selling his son, said he took the action because he did not have any money.
On a general note, the commissioner disclosed that over 500 people have been arrested for allegedly committing various offences since he resumed office in February this year.
He said over 300 of the arrested suspects within the stated period have been charged to court.
Inuwa also paraded five armed robbery suspects who were arrested on July 20, 2017 after invading the house of one Angela Obo in Calabar South.
The commissioner also paraded 26 other suspects arrested by the command for allegedly committing various offences in the state between June and July.
â€œIn conclusion, the total number of suspects arrested is 27. We recovered five locally made pistols, one locally made revolver pistol, three rounds of .9mm ammunition, three live cartridges among others,â€ he said.
Inuwa said given the tough nature of the task before the police, it was necessary for members of the public to give necessary information to its men and officer for effective crime prevention, and arrest of criminal elements in the society.
â€œThe herculean nature of our job is not, and can never be an excuse in carrying out our constitutional mandate of protection of law and order as required. It is also crystal clear that police personnel alone cannot accomplish the set goals without the collaborative efforts of members of the public. To this end, I which to solicit for more collaborative efforts of Cross Riverians in our efforts to safeguard the lives and property of every citizen,â€ the commissioner said.