From EKAETTE UWEM in Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested a grandmother, Ekaette Obot, for stealing and selling her grand daughter for N200,000.
Obot, who claims to be 27 years old said she sold the child to free her daughter, 18-year-old Blessing Okon of burden.
The grandmother who said she weeds farms for people for a fee, noted that she was planning to sell the baby she was carrying once she was delivered of it.
Speaking on Tuesday in Uyo, Police Commissioner, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said his men also arrested 275 other suspects for offences ranging from murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, to cultism.
He said most of the suspects had been charged to curt while others are being investigated, and that the police had already prosecuted 193 cases and secured 23 convictions.
He noted that 19 locally made pistols; one pump action gun and one AK 47 rifle; one Toyota Camry saloon car with Reg. CAL 584 NF; one Toyota Corolla vehicle with Reg. No. AA 50 NRJ and a total of 52 ammunition were recovered from the hoodlums.
Ogunjemilusi said the police had also rescued one Mrs. Comfort Joshua from kidnappers den in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, adding that two of her abductors were killed during the exchange of gunfire with the police.
“An 83-year old woman, Mrs. Comfort Joshua was rescued from kidnappers den in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area on Thursday, July 19 and two of her abductors gunned down during exchange of fire with the police.
“We also rescued a two-year, four months old child, Miss Testimony Bassey (f) from her abductors in Abia State where six suspects were arrested in connection with her abduction.
“A four-year old child, one Bright Monday, (f) was rescued from her abductors along Aka Road, by IBB Roundabouts, Uyo, and four suspects have been arrested,” he stated.
Ogunjemilusi further added that three criminals specialising in vandalising and stealing of transformer armoured cables; solar panels and street lights, were also arrested and their loots recovered from Ikot Abasi and Abak LGAs.
He said the command is determined to sustain the tempo in fighting crime and protecting lives and property in the State.
He mentioned that the police has increased visibility policing across the state to reduce the response time to distress calls.
He also noted that the command’s community policing approach has attracted them to the populace and created confidence in the minds of Nigerians.
He appreciated the State government and the people for their support to the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in reducing crime to the barest minimum in the state.