No fewer than 27 suspects of various criminal offenses have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command last month.
The suspects, 16 of them were alleged to been involved in cultism, four for armed robbery while seven were arrested for child trafficking.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Odiko McDon in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo said, the police on a tip off on January 21, received a text message on a suspect’s phone in custody under investigation that members of the cult group ‘‘Trench Town’’ would be having a meeting at Hero’s World Hotel on Itu Road in Uyo.
He said, based on the information his personnel swung into action and cordoned the premises of the said hotel and arrested the suspects, who are indigenes of the state.
McDon further disclosed that, two suspects already in police detention also got invitation for the ‘‘Klan Kulus Klub’’ (KKK) meeting. All the suspect he said, had confessed being members of the secret cult, while a locally made revolver pistol was recovered from them.
He noted that, they would be charged to court.
Also, some child trafficking suspects, Eno Archibong Emah, female from Ikot Eman Itam in Itu Local Government Area of the state, who gave birth to a baby boy last year December was arrested for conspiring with Mr Emmanuel Akpabio Okon and Emem Asuquo Okon and sold the one month old bay to one Kate in Aba, Abia State at N400,000.
He said, through intelligence the personnel from the Command promptly monitored and arrested the mother of the child, who later led the team to arrest four other accomplices to the plot now standing trial for the crime.
In the same vein, four armed robbery suspects that robbed three University of Uyo student at gun point along Nwaniba Road on January 27 this year have been arrested.
According to the statement by the police, the suspects were said to have used NISSAN XTERA Jeep and following a tip off by the students, the robbers were trailed by the police to IBB Way in the metropolis, where one of them was arrested after a shoot out by the police patrol team and N18, 830.00 was recovered from the robber.
The statement further added that, on January 31, four members of the gang were arrested at Mobil filling station at Oron Road by Uruan Street during routine patrol, while the NISSAN XTERA Jeep with extra number plate used during earlier operation was recovered from them.
The suspects, according to the Police Spokesman, DSP McDon have confessed to the crimes and would soon be charged to court