- Parade robbery suspects, others
Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Cross River State Police Command has disclosed that it has recovered the head of a slain inspector of police who was killed on Christmas Day in Uyanga, Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state.
However, the police command said the body of the slain policeman was yet to be recovered.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, who announced this during a press conference in Calabar yesterday said many suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of the policeman whose severed head, he said was recovered from a shrine.
Aside from the suspected killers of the policeman who were paraded at the state police headquarters at Diamond Hill, no fewer than 51 robbery suspects, and other crime suspects were paraded.
The commissioner said they were arrested for allegedly engaging in various criminal activities among which are, armed robbery, murder, kidnappings, vandalisation of public facilities, murder, arson, defilement among others.
The weapons allegedly recovered from the suspects were also displayed.
The weapons included assorted guns, pump action riffles, baretta pistols, English pump action riffles, double abbrel guns and ammunition.
“The year 2018 has come with another success story as a landmark in the command’s efforts to maintain peace and order, protection of lives and property and prevention of crime in the state.
“A huge success has been recorded within the period in the run up to the Christmas celebration and first few days of this month of this year with a lot of persons arrested for various offences and lots of evidence recovered from them,” Inuwa said.
He said three pump action riffles, one AK 47riffles, four locally made revolvers, one Enllish double barrel gun and, seven locally made single barrel guns, three locally made shot guns, thirty seven locally made pistols, four locally made baretta pistols, 37 live cartridges, seventeen empty cartridges and one dagger were recovered from the suspects.
“We also recovered twenty three plasma television set, three ATM cards, three air conditioners, fourteen refrigerators, one dry human skull, four machetes, charms, Indian hemp, ash colour Toyota, one DAF truck, a trailer load of text books.”
Giving detail on the killing of the policeman, Inuwa said on December 25, 2017, one Inspector Michael Umoh attached to the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), in Enugu who was on a visit with his family to his in-laws in the village of Ojor went to Uyangha in Akamkpa Local Government Area which is a neighbouring village to Ojor to buy fuel but was attacked by youths of Uyangha without provocation, killed and beheaded and the head taken to a shrine in the village of Uyangha.
“His AK 47, riffle with double magazine was taken by his assailants and his Sienna car set ablaze. His body is yet to be seen but his head was recovered at a shrine and investigation into the case led to arrest of Ophot Valentine Ebani, 54 years, (the village head of Uyangha), Isaac James Akpan, Benjamin Phiilp, Patrick Effiong, Famous Mfon, Effiong Peter, Ndifon Arong, and Wisdom Bassey Inok,” the commissioner said.
The police boss said five persons were arrested for breaking into the hotel of a former Senator, Greg Ngaji at the GRA Ogoja and destroying 21 foreign doors and making away with six refrigerators, three plasma television sets, 21, rug carpets and several other items,
He said the suspects arrested for the stealing include Francis Mowang, Taiwo Abang, and Fredrick Aleji.
He warned that the command would not rest until all those who took part in the killing of the policeman are arrested, while others who have any intention or plans to engage in cultism would be arrested and brought to book.
The commissioner said in 2017, 186 persons were nabbed for armed robbery, 83 for murder, 60 for cultism, 80 for illegal possession of firearms, 29 for stealing and conspiracy, and four were arrested for defiling underage girls.