February 04, (THEWILL) – The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, has said that the command arrested a total of 79 suspects in the state for various offences within the month of January 2024.
The police boss stated this at a news conference held at Police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, on Friday.
He said the operatives of the Command arrested the suspects for various crimes ranging from murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism.
According to him, the greatest achievement in January is the arrest of 10 kidnappers, who were planning to unleash mayhem on the state.
Durosinmi said the police recovered four AK 47 rifles during the operations.
“As we strive daily to keep the state safe, criminal elements too have continued to try to penetrate their nefarious acts.
“This January alone, 79 criminal elements have been arrested for various crimes.
“The greatest achievement within the last one month is the arrest of 10 confessed kidnappers, who were planning to unleash mayhem on the state and recovery of four AK Riffles.
“On Jan. 16, 2024 about 3:45pm, police operatives from Ibiono Ibom Division, relying on credible intelligence stormed Ibiaku Ikot Oku community forest, where over 15 heavily armed suspects were camping and engaged them in a gun duel.
“Some of the suspects absconded with bullet wounds while four of them were arrested and one AK 47 riffle recovered.
“A swift follow-up operation by the Anti-Robbery unit of the command led to the arrest of six suspects and the recovery of three more AK 47 riffles,” Durosinmi said.
The commissioner of police said that the suspects came from neighbouring states to cause havoc in Akwa Ibom.
He said the suspects confessed that they were planning and monitoring to kidnap an expatriate involved in construction work along Calabar-Itu Expressway.
The commissioner added that the suspects will be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.