Police Don Parade 17 Suspects For Murder, Cultism Inside Akwa Ibom
Aug. 12, 2020
Di Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Tuesday bin parade 17 suspects wey dey in connection with cultism and cult-related killings inside Oruk Anam Local Government Area of di state.
Di suspects bin dey arrested inside one joint operation by operatives of di Anti-Cultism Unit and di Oruk Anam Police Division afta dey use force enta dia their hideouts.
Di state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, for one media briefing inside di command headquarters, Ikot Akpan-Abia, Uyo, bin yarn say one Indian hemp farm bin also dey discovered and one suspected cultist deadibodi bin dey recovered during di operation.
He bin yarn, “On August 8, 2020, at about 5.20pm, afta one distress call say some cultists bin invade Inen Ikot Obio Idang village inside di Oruk Anam Local Government Area, operatives of di LG division bin proceed go di scene, wia di deadibodi of one Uffot Benson Offong, one suspected cultist, bin dey recovered.
“On August 9, at about 7.15 pm, di police bin storm di hideouts of di suspected cultists and con arrest 17 pesins wey dey fingered in di incident.”
Edgal bin yarn say two bank armed robbery suspects bin also dey arrested, including one pastor, wey allegedly nack one 13-year-old girl.
He bin yarn say di robbery suspects, wey specialise in following bank customers afta withdrawals, bin dey arrested by operatives of di Anti-Narcotic Squad of di command afta credible intelligence.
Di CP bin identify di suspects as Frank Ichikpro, 48, and Ifeanyi Esegue, 39.
“On January 20, 2020, di suspects bin follow one Anthony John from di bank wia him car bin dey parked for Nteps Supermarket and bin break enta di said car with one master key and con thief di sum of N1.5m.
“Di suspects bin confess to membership of one four-man gang operating in Highlander and Lexus sport utility vehicles, while dey follow dia victims. Exhibits bin dey recovered from di suspects bin include one Highlander SUV, with number plate, KRD 361 FX; one sum of N160,000; and one master key.
“Based on complaints, detectives of Mkpat Enin LGA division con arrest one Pastor Mfon Lazarus Etukudo, aged 51, wey be di pastor of one new generation church at Ikot Ekput village inside di Mkpat Enin LGA for nacking one 13-year-old girl.
“Investigation bin reveal say di pastor, at about 11.15am, bin waylay and drag di victim into him bedroom wey dey located on di church premises and con get unlawful carnal knowledge of her,” Edgal bin add.
Di commissioner, wey restate di command determination to sustain di fight against crime and criminality inside di state, bin dey call on members of di public to always volunteer informate to di police.
Meanwhile for Owerri, one traditional ruler wey dey Awara, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo, bin dey paraded by police for alleged involvement inside kidnapping.
Di traditional ruler bin dey paraded along side one pastor of di Winners Chapel inside Njaba for alleged defilement/nacking of 11-year- old daughter of one fellow pastor.
Di command also bin parade 31 suspects wey allegedly bin commit various crimes, as e con range from armed robbery, kidnaping and rape, among odas.
Di Commissioner of Police inside Imo, Mr Issac Akinmoyede, bin yarn say one gang bin kidnap one Louis Obodo, for Mgbala Agwa and Inspector Oscar Mbaeri, inside Agwa wey dey Oguta Local Government recently.
He furda yarn say di gang bin kidnap di di trio of Chigozirim Nnaji, Desmond Okonkwo and Anyanwu Amarachi on July 19 afta which di police con give dem one ogbonge chase.
Akinmoyede yarn say di syndicate bin abandon dia lexus 330 Jeep during one exchange of gun fire with operatives of di Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Anti-kidnapping units of di command.
Inside one open confession, di traditional ruler bin tell NAN say di syndicate bin pay am N3 million to use him Lexus 330 with registration number URM 404 EL during di kidnapping.
“My Nephew bin take my vehicle to do kidnapping, I no be one of dem. Though dey bin use my vehicle about four times and dey bin give me money,” he con yarn.
On him part, di head of di syndicate, Caleb Agu, bin yarn he bin provide spiritual guide for di gang.
Di gang bin get Ikechukwu Njoku as Protocol officer; Ebenezer Obioha, as Operational Commander and executor; Fabian Obioha, di gang armourer while Bernard Uzoma, na di native doctor naim provide protection from operational hazards and arrests.
Di police oga bin yarn say on May 15, 2020, di gang bin ambush and attack one team of NDLEA officers, during which dey bin kill one operative, left two odas seriously woundjured and con tear race with dia rifles.
Akinmoyede bin yarn say di sum of four million and two hundred thousand naira, one Lexus 330 SUV, four AK 47 rifles, one LAR rifle, one SMG rifle, 120 rounds of 7.62MM life ammunition, naim police recover from di gang.
Di CP bin yarn say di suspects go soon dey charged to court afta investigation.
On di rape allegation, di pastor don deny complicity but gree say he bin fight temptation to commit di act.
According to am, dem just transfa am to di Njaba chapter of Winners Chapel and bin dey wait to dey assign him residential apartment, before anoda Pastor con ofa to harbour am until he secure him own accommodation before dis wahala show.