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Robbery, Kidnap Suspects Escape From Police Custody

Thelma Eneji  
Updated December 14, 2020
A file photo of a signpost of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar.

 

Some armed robbery and kidnap suspects have escaped from police custody in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Cross River, Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Monday.

The suspects escaped from the Headquarters of the Police Command along the Diamond Hill Road in Calabar.

While reports say about 19 suspects fled the police facility, Ugbo, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, disagreed with the figure.

She stressed that three suspects made their way out of custody and two were gunned down by the police.

The command spokesperson added that the other suspect had been rearrested.

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

                            PRESS STATEMENT

                 RE: ESCAPE FROM LAWFUL CUSTODY.

The attention of the Commissioner of police Cross River State Police Command, CP Abdulkadir Jinmoh has been drawn to the unverified exasperated item making round some social media platform, to the effects that nineteen suspected armed robbers and kidnappers escaped from police custody.

It’s on the above that the commissioner of police wishes to update the general public on 13th December 2020 at about 5am seven detainees who were in the custody of one the command’s outfits for various offences escaped from the cell.

However, three of them died in the process of escaping, while one is rearrested. meanwhile, effort is being intensified to apprehend other fleeing culprits.

By this announcement, the command urge mischief makers to always confirm fact and figures, before sending such for public consumption as this can cause panic or unnecessary tension in the state.

In the same vein, the command will not renege but have resolved to confront all forms of criminality no matter their scheme before, during, and after the Yuletide season.

Finally, the command solicits genuine information from private individuals, corporate bodies, and good-spirited citizens at all times, for enhanced performance and quality service delivery, please.

                                               DSP IRENE UGBO

                                  POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER

                                                 FOR COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

                                               CROSS RIVER STATE COMMAND