By Amos Tauna
Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it arrested eighteen (18) suspects in connection to the case confessed being members of “KLAN KULUS KLUB” (K.K.K) with a locally made revolver pistol.
A statement issued by the command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Odiko MacDon said those arrested are Edidiong Asuquo John ‘m’ aged 30 years, Udoh, Ndiponkeabasi, male, aged 24 years, Akpan, uduakobong Moses, male, aged 20 years, Hillary Enobong Akpan, male, aged 24 years, Sixtus Sylvanus umanah, male, aged 24 years and Vincent Sylvester Effiong, male, aged 30 years.
Others according to the statement include Itohowo Amos Ekpo, male, aged 28 years, Christian Effiong Effiong, male, aged 22 years, Frank Bassey Jacob, male, aged 28 years, Daniel Victor Ukpong, male, aged 32 years, Precious John Etuk, male, aged 29 years, Victor Moses Okon, male, aged 18 years and
Ubong Anthony Basil, male, aged 24 years.
The rest are Amaraegbu Chimezie, male aged 23 years, Edidiong John Assan, male, aged 29 years and Archibong Okon a.k.a “Kiwi”, male, aged 35 years.
The statement explained that on 20th January, 2018, through a credible intelligence, one Eno Archibong Emah ‘f’ of ikot Eman Itam in Itu local government area who gave birth to a baby boy on 12th November, 2017 conspired with one Emmanuel Akpabio Okon ‘m’ and Emem Asuquo Okon ‘f’ and sold the one-month old child to one Kate ‘f’ (surname and address unknown) of Aba, Abia State at the cost of four hundred thousand naira (N 400,000.00).
It added that the operatives of Akwa Ibom State Command monitored and promptly arrested the mother of the child who later led the Operatives to the arrest of other accomplices in the illicit trade. They are: Utibe Sunday John ‘m’, Imo Ime Udoetuk ‘m’, Friday John Amiang ‘m’ and Uwana Ime ‘f’ who all confessed to the crime and their individual roles in the offence, including how the proceeds where shared amongst themselves, adding that culprits were arraigned in court to serve as deterrent to others.
Following an intensive patrol by Operatives of Akwa Ibom State Police Command. On 27th January, 2018 at about 0130hrs, according to the statement, three young men, one Otobong Emmanuel Elijah ‘m’, Amos Cosmos Ukofia ‘m’ and Umoren John Michael ‘m’ all of Uniuyo permanent site, stopped the team along Nwanaiba Road by Stanbic IBTC Bank and informed them that they were robbed at gun point by occupants of one XTERA jeep.
It explained that base on the strength of the information, the team swung into action and gave the robbers in the XTERA jeep a hot chase to IBB road, by Nigerian Christian Institute (NCI) where one of the hoodlums name withheld hang at the door of their vehicle and exchanged firing with the Police, during the incident, sustained gun shot and fell from the vehicle while others drove off.
It said he was arrested and eighteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty naira (N18,830.00) only was recovered from him, pointing out that on 31st January, 2018 in an intensive patrol at about 0300hrs, the Nissan XTERA jeep was sighted at Mobil Filling Station, Oron Road by Uruan Street, Uyo with four (4) occupants; one Daniel Ubong Harrison ‘m’, Ekemini Udo Effiom ‘m’, Udeme-Obong Bassey ‘m’, and Joseph Eno Eduok ‘m’ who were the fleeing hoodlums of the said robbery at Nwanaiba, relaxing in the said vehicle.
It added that all of them were arrested and recovered one Nissan XTERA JEEP, on instant searched, extra number plate that was used during the robbery operation on the 27th of February, 2018 was recovered in the pigeonhole of the XTERA jeep.
“During investigation, suspects confessed to the crime and will soon be charged to court,” the statement explained.