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Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom Command yesterday paraded over 50 suspects arrested for several criminal offenses, including a middle-aged lady, Imaobng Sampson, who faked her own kidnap and demanded a ransom of N4 million for her release.

Some of the offences committed by the suspects within the last one month include; murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, child trafficking, cultism, fraud amongst others.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayilara, disclosed this in a press conference in Uyo at the weekend.

Ayilara, who assumed duty in the state recently said that one of the rescued victims, Imaobong Sampson (f) of Nung Oku Village in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, who arranged her kidnap and demanded for N4 million was arrested by operatives of the command and when her abductors wwere apprehended she was pointed as the originator of the act.

“On March 11, 2024, at 1000hrs, a report was received from one Enobong Sampson that her sister Imaobong Sampson Francis Sampson was kidnapped and that the kidnappers were demanding for N4 million as ransom.

“As a result, operatives of Anti-kidnapping squad of the Command embarked on an intense and intelligence-driven operation, so as to track down the perpetrators and rescue the victim.

“On March 12, 2024, at about 2315hrs the said purported victim, one Imaobong Sampson and her boyfriend, Beltus Ebong, were arrested in a hideout at Mbierebe Obio, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA.

“She confessed to having conspired with her boyfriend, Beltus and three others to proclaim her kidnap to raise money from her aunt, who is based abroad,” Ayilara said.

The CP noted that within the period, on March 13, based on intelligence, the operatives of the command arrested one Okon Edet (m) of Uruting village in Okobo LGA for killing his father, Chief Okon Edet aged 75, of the same address by beating him mercilessly machete, leading to his death.

Edet alleged that the late father had sold all theparcels off land he had, including the one that he gave to him to build his house as the reason for his action.

Ayilara further said that on March 8, the operatives of anti robbery squad of the command arrested one Akanimo Akpan of Efa Ayam village in Etinan LGA, who involved in adulterated fruits drink and other products.

He added that also on March 8, at about 1600hrs, one Akan Edet was arrested for using Point Of Sale (POS) to defraud innocent citizens and was to be set ablaze but was rescued by operatives of COMPOL Monitoring Unit.

According to him, most of those Akan Edet defrauded have identified him and the sum of N350, 000 cash was recovered from him at the time of arrest.

CP Waheed assured that all the suspects will be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

He however called on the good people of Akwa Ibom to go about their normal businesses, assuring that he will work with stakeholders to set up strategies that will address contemporary security challenges.

“Let me assure Akwa Ibom people that the Command under my watch will collaborate with stakeholders in harnessing available resources to ensure that the State continue to remain the most peaceful,” he maintained.


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