Cross River police arrest five robbery suspects, recover cars, others

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Commissioner of Police  in a press briefing during a recent armed robbery incidents in Calabar 
Our Correspondent|30 December 2016
The Cross River police command on Thursday said it had arrested five suspected armed robbers who indulged in various crimes in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
ASP Irene Ugbo, police Spokesperson in the state, who briefed journalists on the arrests, said that the suspects were arrested by a tip-off from concerned individuals in the state.
According to her, the command received a petition on December 16, 2016, that a Lexus Jeep RX 350 car with registration number LSR 864DB was snatched at gun point by a group of about five armed men.
She explained that based on information, one Emmanuel Samuel was arrested and during interrogation, his confession led to the arrest of two other members of his gang, Emmanuel Okon-Effiom and Eyo Asuquo-Ekpo in Abia state.
‘The car was snatched at gun point at parliamentary village in Calabar. After snatching the car, they took it to Abia state for sell and at that point; the police arrested them.
‘The intended buyer absconded and abandoned a Camry car with registration number BDG 600CA suspected to be a stolen car.
‘The Lexus RX 350 and the abandoned Camry car have been recovered to the Cross River Command of Intelligence and Investigation Department for further investigation’, she said.
The gang leader, Okon-Effiom, told NAN in an interview that they committed the offence, adding that the fleeing buyer agreed to buy the jeep for N600,000.
`I and my friends stole the car at parliamentary village in Calabar and took it to Abia state for sale. It was at the point of selling the car that the police arrested us.
`The intended buyer had already given us N50,000 and remaining a balance of N550,000′, he said.
Similarly, Ugbo said that the police also receive a distressed call on the 19th of Dec. that a group of armed robbers invaded and attacked customers in a joint at palm street area of Calabar South.
According to her, men of the police swung into action and one of the gang members, Johnbosco Kalu was arrested and a Camry car with registration number BUU 216 PZ was recovered from him.
She said that Kalu was trailed to his house where the police also recovered two locally made short guns and one live cartridge.
She further said that on Dec. 22, men of the Anti-Crime Division while on patrol had an encounter with armed robbers and one Francis Effiong-Edet was arrested in the process.
She assured that the command will leave no stone un-turned in fighting all criminals and miscreants activities out of the state during this yuletide season.
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