This Day (Lagos)

23 February 2013

Nigeria: 29 Suspects Arrested in Akwa Ibom Over Kidnapping, Arms Factory

Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested twenty-nine suspects for various offences including kidnapping, armed robbery, car snatching and local arms factory.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Gwadabe who disclosed this to Thisday Friday during an interview said all the suspects are being investigated and would be prosecuted if found wanting.

He said a combined team of Anti-kidnapping squad, SARS and SSS of the command stormed a kidnappers' camp at Ikot Nya and rescued one Ukwana Akpabio who was kidnapped November last year with three suspects arrested.

Mr. Gwadabe who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Etim Dickson disclosed that seventeen suspects were arrested when the security operatives raided criminal hideout and black spots in Ibiono Ibom, Ukanafun, Ibesikpo Asutan, Uyo, Etinan local government area division of the command.

The Commissioner said twenty-three motorcycles, some without registration numbers suspected to be stolen were recovered from their hideouts as well as thirty-six scaffold iron rods.

He revealed that a team of Policemen from the Ikot Ekpene Division raided a local arms factory located at Ikot Ennua village in Ikono local government area of the state and arrested one Udo Ekaette Udo aged 60 years and Okon Udo aged 45.

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