Two expatriates and a Nigerian, one Dr. Idongesit Udom, have been reportedly kidnapped in Akwa Ibom State.
The expatriates, who work for an unnamed construction company in the state, were said to have been forcefully taken away by gunmen from a hotel room in Eket on Sunday evening.
Dr. Udom, a retired ExxonMobil staff and the Proprietor of Sure Foundation Polytechnic, was also kidnapped the same day while worshipping in a church.
Spokesman for the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Mr Chukwu Okechukwu, said that the Police had commenced investigation into the incidents.
He added that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Donald Awunah, has also led a team of senior police officers to Eket over the matter.
Mr Okechukwu, however, said the Police had no information on the identities, workplace and nationalities of the expatriates.
According to him, the Command is also working hard to ensure the release of Dr. Udom, a native of Idung Nneke village in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Police have nabbed a 35-year-old woman for allegedly stealing a month old baby in Akwa Ibom State, southeast Nigeria.
The suspect who was Identified as Mrs Peace Chukwuemeka was said to have stolen the baby after drugging the mother.
She was paraded on Tuesday alongside other suspected criminals at the Akwa Ibom State Police Command in Uyo, the state’s capital.
Confessing to the crime, Mrs Chukwuemeka said she came from Abia State to visit her sister in Uyo and was tempted to steal the child to save her 10 years childless marriage.
On their part, parents of the rescued baby, Mr and Mrs Mohammed Ibrahim, narrated their ordeal while their child was missing.
Some of the other suspects paraded also confessed to the kidnap of a four-year-old boy.
Parents of the boy were full of praise to God for the rescue.
Others were also paraded for their involvement in various crimes ranging from armed robbery, stealing of car batteries and job racketeering.
Addressing journalists, the spokesperson for the Police Command, Cordelia Never, said that the arrests followed painstaking investigation by officials of command.
She reassured Akwa Ibom State residents of the command’s commitment to keeping the state crime-free, especially during the coming festive season.
The Police have paraded 11 persons for alleged involvement in criminal activities in Akwa Ibom State.
This comes in line with the Akwa Ibom State Police Command’s zero tolerance for cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping and related crimes.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP Cordelia Nwawe, disclosed this to reporters on Friday in Uyo, the state’s capital.
The six suspects, aged between 18 and 21, are students of Maurid Polytechnic, a private institution located in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The suspects who confessed to the crime, were arrested for alleged membership of a cult group while the others were arrested for armed robbery.
ASP Nwawe warned criminally minded individuals in the state to turn a new leaf or face the consequences of their actions.
She promised that the Police would leave no stone unturned in its effort to keep crime rate at the barest minimum.
The Police spokesperson urged members of the public to provide the Police with useful information to ensure effective policing.
Akwa Ibom State Police Command has advised parents and guardians to monitor their wards in order to prevent them from keeping company with criminals.
The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwanwe, on Wednesday, gave the advice while parading suspected criminals at the state Police headquarters in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State.
The PPRO said that the State Police Commissioner, Murtala Mani, has taken concrete measures to ensure that crime rate is brought down to the barest minimum.
She mentioned the current stop and search operation in the state as one of such measures, noting that the measures have so far yielded positive results.
Eight men aged between 20 and 35 years were paraded for their involvement in different criminal activities including armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and illegal arms deals.
Some of the suspects confessed their involvement.
Mrs Nwanwe used the occasion to restate the Command’s commitment to the security of lives and property in the state.
She added that the Police would remain firm, fair and fast in its operations.
Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Thursday honoured five of its men for various acts of gallantry.
The State Commissioner of Police (CP), Murtala Mani, presented certificates of courage to the five men at the Police Force headquarters in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Presenting the certificates, the CP described the honour as a morale booster aimed at encouraging excellent performance among officers and men of the command.
Mr Mani urged them not to relent in their quest to ensure safety of lives and property.
The CP had earlier addressed officers and men of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in their new uniform were he gave the assurance that with the launch of the FSARS, there would be no hiding place for criminals in the state.
Speaking to Channels Television, the CP spoke on measures taken by the command to curb armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes in the state.
He expressed satisfaction that the measures have yielded positive results.
The new FSARS is an initiative of the Inspector General of Police to give a new corporate image and ensure uniform operations for the squad nationwide.
Officials of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a 12-man gang of kidnappers who have been terrorising Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State for a long time.
The suspects were presented to reporters at the Police Headquarters in Uyo by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Cordelia Nwanwe.
She revealed that the gang had kidnapped two women at Ikot Osute village in the Local government and kept them for six days.
Nwanwe said the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of five million Naira but were only able to get 130,000 Naira from their victims before luck ran out on them.
Some of the suspects including a physically challenged man confessed to the crime.
The police spokesperson also warned kidnappers and other criminals to stay away from the state, stressing that Police command had resolved to take the fight against crime to the dens of criminals.
She added that the feat was the result of intelligence policing by the command and assured law abiding residents of the security of lives and property.
While appealing to the public to help with information on criminals to ensure a safe society, Nwanwe said that Police command, under the Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, has recorded tremendous success in its renewed fight against kidnapping in the state.
Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Friday paraded a 50-year-old man allegedly for defiling a two-year-old girl on Friday.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Cordelia Nwanwe, who paraded the suspect to reporters, said that due medical examination had been carried out and the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.
The suspect, who gave his name as Okon Michael, said that he was married with children. Michael who spoke Ibibio language, blamed the devil for his action.
Other suspected criminals paraded by the Police included two ladies aged 18 and 25.
A 15-year-old girl and her alleged cultist-boyfriend were arrested for being in possession of substances suspected to be Indian hemp and for being in possession of a pistol.
The PPRO charged parents and guardians to warn their wards from keeping late nights and evil company.
She also advised transporters to screen packages before carrying them to avoid being used to convey arms and other harmful materials.
Mrs Nwanwe also assured the public of the Command’s commitment to the security of lives and property.
According to her, the recent arrests were results of effective intelligence gathering by the state police command.