Police crack down on criminal gangs in Aqua Ibom
Just 24 hours after Governor Oudom Emmanuel reorganized the Akwa Ibom state security apparatus to tackle escalating violent crime and insecurity just days before Christmas, Nigerian state police began to crack down on criminal gangs in Uyo Metropolis.
On Thursday, the governor donated 30 patrol boats to state security and reactivated the popular Joint Security Task Force in a swift response to a wave of crime that threatened the state’s peace and tranquility.
Accepting vehicles on behalf of state security chiefs, Police Commissioner Andrew Amiengem thanked the Governor for being sensitive to the plight of the people and helping them fulfill their mandate.
Subsequently, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command immediately committed itself to conducting high-precision attacks in strategic locations and raiding criminals’ hideouts, which yielded results. To date, more than 40 alleged armed robbers and cultists have been arrested in Metropolis Uyo alone.
It turned out that the tactical units of the force, based on reliable information, planned a painstaking operation to destroy the criminals and armed gangs that made the state capital unsafe.
“These hideouts are believed to be part of a nest in which some of the criminals responsible for disturbing the peace in Uyo on Wednesday night went into hibernation.
“To date, the police have arrested a total of 40 suspected armed robbers and cultists,” said a press release signed and issued by public relations officer, SP Odiko Macon.
The statement also said that among the items found by some of the gangs were two locally made pistols, five sabers, a bag of substance, believed to be Indian hemp, and other items that will be displayed during the indictment.
Odiko said during interrogation that the suspects claimed to be part of the cult groups responsible for the recent cult-related murders and robberies in the Uyo metropolis.
Meanwhile, a covert investigation is underway to determine the degree of guilt of the suspects, after which they will be charged in court.
“This is part of the command commitment under CP Andrew Amiengheme, fdc. The Force strongly abhors crime in any part of Akwa Ibom State and will continue to do everything in its power to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the state.
Source: – The Nation