A seven-man kidnapping gang that has been terrorizing Oruk Anam Council Area of Akwa Ibom state has been smashed by the State’s Police Command.
The Police in the state also arrested a gang of armed robbers in the same local government area.
One physically challenged person, Mr. Ikoedem Sampson, was among the kidnappers alleged to have taken two women hostage in the area recently.
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani made this known while parading the hoodlums at the State’s police headquarters in Uyo on Monday.
He said the suspects, Mr. Emediong Emmanuel, Lucky Akpan, Nkereuwem Okon, Ukeme Uffot and Ndian Samuel kidnapped the two women and kept them in the bush for six days until N170, 000 out of N5 million they demanded was paid which later led to their being arrested following a tip off by a good Samaritan.
According to the Commissioner, who spoke through his Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Cordelia Nwawe ASP, “On January 23, 2016 at about 0200 hours the suspect, Emediong Emmauel of Enen Ikot Etefia village in Oruk Anam Local Government Area led other gang members numbering about five and kidnapped one Aniefiok Ekanem
Peter and Promise Moses Akpan, both from Enen Ikot Etim village in Oruk Anam and collected N170, 000 ransom before releasing the victims after keeping them in their custody for six days.
“The suspects upon arrest and interrogation confessed to the crime, while one locally made pistol used by the gang was recovered,” he said.
One of the suspects, Mr. Emediong Emmanuel who confessed to the crime said, he led the gang to kidnap both women and kept them in the bush until a ransom of N170, 000 was paid to them which they shared among themselves.
In a related development, the Police boss disclosed that, the command on January 22, arrested a gang of suspected armed robbers who invaded the house of one Inyang Willie at Ikot Osute village also in Oruk Anam local government area of the state.
The suspects he maintained had robbed the man of a Nokia torchlight phone valued at N5,000 and cash of N10, 000 at gun point emphasizing that, the suspects would soon be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed. He called on members of the public to be vigilant within their environment and report suspected persons to the police.