February 22, 2024

Police arrest 269 suspects in 2023 second quarter

Police arrest 269 suspects in 2023 second quarter

Ini Billie, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it arrested a total of 269 suspects in the second quarter of 2023.

The Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durosinmi said the suspects were arrested for various crimes including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, rape, and stealing.

Speaking during a press conference on Friday in Uyo, Durosinmi stated that some of the suspects have been charged, while others are still under investigation.

According to the CP, one of the crimes involved a man who shot his 35-year-old son for exchanging words with him, adding that the suspect was a habitual murderer who have committed murders in Lagos and Abia states.

“On 16/06/2023, one Aniekan James of Ikot Ndot village in the Ukanafun L.G.A was arrested by Ukanafun Division for shooting his 35 years only son who have been having a war of words with him.

“One Odudu Aniekan James, is suspected to be a habitual murderer, who has committed murders in Lagos and Aba Abia states,” he said.

Another case was the kidnap of a Vice Chancellor of a private university on his way home by his former domestic employee sacked for criminal tendencies.

The police said the remaining kidnap ransom of over N2 million and the Toyota Corolla used for the operation were also recovered, while the VC has been reunited with his family.

“On the 14th of April 2023, at about 10:30 am, the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in the state was kidnapped on his way home.

“Two days later, being the 16th, in a prompt and discreet investigation, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command, arrested one Prince Thursday Okon, a former domestic staff of the VC, sacked because of his criminal tendencies who masterminded the kidnap, and two of his gang members, Saviour Sunday Luke and Richard Friday, all of Ikot Ebam Village in Mkpan Enin LGA.

“The sum of one million, two hundred- and seventy-thousand-naira cash was recovered as part of the ransom paid, while Two Hundred and Fifty thousand naira was left in one of the suspect’s accounts,” he said.

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