In Akwa Ibom State, officers from the Inspector General of Police Tactical Team detained one Eddy Etim Onuka, a youth leader, and four members of his gang for alleged kidnapping and murder.
The suspects confessed to utilizing AK-47 rifles during the operations, according to Police Public Relations Officer Odiko Macdon, who revealed this at a media briefing on Saturday while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Ikot Akpana-Abia.
Onuka, a native of Oron LGA and youth head of the Rice Miller Association, Oron, according to Macdon, masterminded the two kidnapping cases, one of which involved one Emmanuel, who was shot while attempting to oppose them, and the other, one Aniekan, from whom they collected over N20 million.
“This is a clear case of kidnapping and it is a very unfortunate one. They went to abduct one Mr Emmanuel who sells engine parts and when they got there, the man resisted the kidnap and they shot him. By the grace of God, the Special Tactical Team of IGP moved in and effected arrest. This was the first incident.
“The second incident, the same Eddy led members of the same kidnapping syndicate who succeeded this time around in abducting one Aniekan and collected over N20 million from him as ransom.
“He (Eddy) got N1.2 million which he used in buying another car. His vehicle was used in committing the crime. They confessed to the fact that they used AK-47 in that particular operation,” Macdon said.
According to a police spokesman, everyone of the accused had various roles in the kidnapping of their respective victims.
“The account was used in collecting the ransom to the tune of N1.2 million while the other person formed surveillance, giving them information about the deceased e.g when he goes out and when he comes. This goes to underscore the need why Akwa Ibomites at every point in time need to be conscious of security because some of these people are people who are closed to them.
“Another suspect here collected the phone number of the wife of the deceased and called her demanding for a ransom,” he added.
Macdon, who reiterated the commitment of the command towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of the residents, called on the good people of the state to always volunteer information that could help in combating crime and criminality in the state.
“I want to assure the good people of Akwa Ibom State that the command has no place for kidnapping, abduction and robbery, those perpetrating these acts should desist because they will always meet their Waterloo,” Macdon warned.