The suspects- Aniekeme John Akwa of Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan village, Ibesikpo- Asutan LGA and Aniebiet Monday Okon of Afaha Udo – Uyo village, were among 29 others paraded at the state police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia in Uyo for committing various offences such as murder, kidnapping, robbery, secret cultism and child theft.
The commissioner of police, Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, said suspects had admitted to have been responsible for the killing of two policemen from CTU at Tranquility Hotel, Nung Oku, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area.
Durosinmi said ‘‘On 11th July, 2022 at about 11:00 a.m, one Ann Sampson Ogbe ‘f’ of No. 370 Nwaniba Road, Uyo reported through a distress call to Control Room that on same date at about 10:30 a.m, three armed hoodlums on board a Toyota RAV 4 car with Reg. No. KTU 343 EU invaded her supermarket, “God’s Mercy Supermarket” and robbed her on gun point, collected cash sum of N130, 000.00, recharge cards and phone.
‘‘Men of the Anti-Robbery Section of the Command in a discreet investigation, arrested one Aniekeme John Akwa ‘m’ of Afaha Ikot Obio NKan village, Ibesikpo Asutan L.G.Area, Aniebiet Monday Okon ‘m’ of Afaha Udo- Uyo village, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA and recovered the Toyota RAV 4 car, two locally-made pistols, Army Uniform, Cartridges and charms.
‘‘Suspects confessed to the crime and admitted to have been responsible for the killing of two Policemen from CTU at Tranquility Hotel, Nung Oku, Ibesikpo and the serial armed robbery at Supermarkets in Uyo metropolis and snatching of vehicles.’’
On the arrest of serial sea pirates, kidnap and robbery suspects, the police boss recalled that ‘‘On 25th August, 2022 at about 0300hrs upon concerted follow-up operations in the kidnap and eventual murder of one Patrick Okon Ekpo ‘m’ of Nwaniba village in Uruan local government area, one Wisdom Asuquo Okon ‘m,’ Marshall Peter Bassey a.k.a “Marshall Attraction” ‘m’, Blessing Patrick Joseph ‘f’, Edet Effiong Edet ‘m,’ Tom Edet Okon a.k.a “Tompolo” ‘m’ all of Idu, Ita, Ibiaku Uruan villages in Uruan Local Government Area, respectively, were arrested for investigation by operatives of anti-kidnapping squad of the command.
‘‘During interrogation, one Wisdom Asuquo Okon ‘m’ confessed his involvement in the kidnap and murder of Patrick Okon Ekpo ‘m’ after collecting ransom of one million naira (N1m) from the son of the victim.
”One Peter Bassey ‘m’ confessed membership of same gang but denied taking part in the particular kidnap/murder of victim, one Blessing Patrick Joseph ‘f’ confessed being the supplier/re-supplier of live ammunition and livestock to the gang in the creeks while Tom Edet Okon a.k.a Tompolo confessed membership of gang responsible for the kidnap of one Mfon Akpe ‘m’ sometime in January, 2021. Hostages/several other victims contacted and they have made positive identification of all the suspects named above,’’ he added.