Nigerian army arrests members of a notorious criminal gang led by a graduate

Eight suspects of kidnapping, sea pirates and armed robbers, including a graduate of Cross River State University, were arrested by the Nigerian army.

Commander Omubo Idoniboye-Obu, Colonel Omubo Idoniboye-Obu, ground component of Sector 4, Operation Delta Safe, reported this on Monday 9 November in the Eburutu canton in Calabar, handing over suspects to the state police.

Idoniboye Obu said the suspects were arrested in a series of operations conducted by the sector from 10 to 16 October 2020.

The investigation revealed that the suspects were involved in kidnapping and armed robbery.

“Following an increase in kidnappings, maritime piracy and robberies in and around Calabar, Sector 4, OPDS began working with other security services to checkmate criminals,” he said.

Suspects include Ita Oku Ndiyo (aka Commander Musti), a 27-year-old graduate of the Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH, and the leader of the infamous criminal gang consisting of 27-year-old Bassey Effioma Okon (also known as Eteka Bulldog), a former prisoner … wanted by the state government, 32-year-old Atuo Kenneth Martins, a native of the Nsufang Etung LGA state, and Idang Anwakang, 33 (aka the tallest)


“They robbed one Mr. Yang and Mr. Bobby (Cameroonian) on October 9 and 20 at Ikom LGA in the state and confiscated 4 million Naira and 181,000 CFA francs from him,” he said.

Others arrested for the robbery include Ajom Daniel (aka Bad Drug), Godwin Icono Nyong, 34 (aka German Machine), and 19-year-old Moses Eden (aka Palo).

Colonel Idoniboye-Obu said some of the suspects are former detainees and others are wanted by state security agencies.

2,192,500,181,000 CFA francs, 30 tons of a concrete mixer truck, two X pump pistols, one X Bar gun, ten X rounds and six X 9mm ammunition were seized from the suspects.

He said that, as required by the unified standard operating procedure, the industry officially turns the suspects over to the Cross River State Police Commissioner, and the truck and exhibits are sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The Colonel encouraged all law-abiding residents of Cross River to work with the industry to provide timely and accurate information as he is committed to ending crime in the state.

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