Not fewer than 328 suspected criminals have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command for alleged armed robbery, murder, cultism, rape and child trafficking in the state.
According to the state Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, the suspected criminals were arrested between the months of July and August this year, and would be charged to court at the end of investigations.
CP Edgal revealed this while parading some of the suspects at state police headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia, in Uyo, the state’s capital, yesterday.
Hear him: “The breakthrough was made possible on the grounds of sustained onslaught against rapists and other criminals in the state.”
CP pointed out that among those arrested were 17 suspected murderers and cultists in Obio Idang village in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of the state, on August 8.
The command, he said, was bent on sustaining their frequency in the fight against crimes in a bid to adequately secure the lives and property of the people of the state.
Speaking further, the commissioner noted that the command had also arrested a suspected child trafficking syndicate and rescue three victims.
“The command arrested gun runner and recovered 140 live cartridges based on reliable information in Esit Eket Local Government Area of the state on July 30,” he stated.
He further revealed that the command apprehended one Christopher Akpan, 55, of Afaha Etok, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA for allegedly defiling a four-year-old girl, as well as four suspected armed robbers on Ikot Ekpene-Uyo road, saying the suspected robbers were all from Ikono Local Government Area of the state.
Also, arrested was a fake soldier alongside his accomplice who were involved in car snatching, as the command, he said had recovered the stolen vehicle.
Edgal said the fake soldier was arrested by Anti-Kidnapping operatives based on a reliable intelligence report.