[From ANIEKAN ANIEKAN, Calabar]
Troops of the Nigerian Army has apprehended 8 suspected criminals who specialise in kidnapping and piracy in the state.
The suspects who were handed over to the Nigeria police and officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are notorious for criminal activities in the state.
Also handed over was over 2 million naira cash, 181,000 CFA Franc and a 30 tons Cement Mixer Truck to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Others include; two X pump action guns, one X Barretta pistol, ten X cartridges and six X 9mm Ammo.
The Commander, Sector 4 Land Component Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Col. Omubo Idoniboye-Obu disclosed this at the sector headquarters while handing over the suspects to the sister agencies.
Col. Omubo disclosed that the suspects were arrested between the 16th and 19th of October and have participated in several crimes within the state.
“Today’s occasion is yet another handing and taking over of some suspected kidnappers, sea pirates and armed robbery suspects.
“These suspects here before you were arrested during the series of operations conducted by the sector between the 16th and 19th October, 2020.
“Investigations revealed that these suspects were involved in kidnapping and armed robbery.
“Some of the suspects are ex-convicts while others had been on the wanted lost of the security agencies in the state”, he said.
The suspects include; Ita Oku Ndiyo (aka Commander Musty) the leader of a four man gang comprising Atuo Kenneth Martins, Bassey Effiom Okon (aka Eteka Bulldog), Idang Anwakang (aka tallest).
The suspects were involved in the robbery of Mr Jan and Mr Bobby (Cameroonians) on the 9th of October at Okon in Central Cross River State and dispossessed them of N4 million and 181, 000 CFA Franc.
Others are Ajom Daniel, Godwin Buying, Moses Edem Bassey and Bassey Godwin Etim, who kidnapped a number of persons in the state including a staff of Larfarge.
He called on all law abiding Cross Riverians to cooperate with the sector by giving timely and credible information in the whereabouts of criminals.
He equally reaffirmed the commitment of the sector to partner with sister agencies to eliminating crimes in the state.