The Cross River police Command have arrested an inspector, Nathaniel Manasseh, for allegedly selling guns to criminals within Communities in the state and beyond.
According to a credible news source, Nathaniel has been allegedly involved in gun running in Cross River and Imo state and has not been able to account for some pieces of hardwares including two AK 47’s.
Briefing Journalists on Tuesday the Cross River Commisioner of police, CP Sikiru Akande disclosed that since the resumption of the new Commander of Anti Kidnapping and Cultism squad, AKCTS it has been a harvest of criminals.
He said that those thinking that the Command would rest on their oars in dealing ruthlessly with Criminals should have a rethink as they were determined to smoke all strange and criminal element out of the state.
“Cross River is regaining it’s lost glory in the area of security, as a matter of fact, we remain the most peaceful state in Nigeria and nothing can break out resolve.
“For police to function efficiently in any society, its requires citizen’s participation, partnership and willingness of the community to constantly equip the police with actionable information to forestall unpleasant occurrences.
“Our achievement today is not unconnected with the cooperation of the public, security is everybody’s business, we must encourage Community policing in our communities,” he said
Speaking further, he revealed that amongst those apprehended includes an Inspector of police who usually gives out their riffles on “rent” to notorious criminals and a member of a gun running syndicate.
Also three persons were arrested for murder ,nine for armed robbery, six for Cultism, while three others were arrested for gun running including an inspector of police as well as one for car snatching and another for arson.
One of the Suspects, Inspector Nathaniel Manasseh confirmed to that the that he lost some riffles while claiming that he was charmed and disposed of some AK 47 including a vehicle.
“I was charmed, I can’t really explain what happened and how they dispossessed me of the riffles, I am not a gun runner,” he said.
Earlier, the Speaker of the CRSHA, Rt. Hon. Eteng Jones Williams commended the police for their dexterity and the risk they take on a daily basis to makes sure law abiding citizens can live freely.
“We thank the police for making our street safe, we can now sleep with our two eyes closed, they have really done a lot and we promise to support them.
“I won’t hesitate in appealing to the governor, to continue supporting them with Operational vehicles and communication gadget to make thier job easier,” he said.