Kenneth Okolo, 10/08/2015
Four kidnappers and 10 suspected cultists were paraded by the Cross River Police Command on Monday, August 10.
The state commissioner of police, Henry Fadairo, told newsmen that the suspected cultists were arrested in Ogoja Local Government Area of the state, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He added that the police got the information of an unrest at Ogoja in a club named ‘Memories Flavor’
“On the strength of the information, the police swiftly moved to the scene to discover that it was a fracas between two rival cult groups, Baga Vikings and Black Axe.Investigation by police revealed that one Smart Umaru a Vikings member allegedly stabbed one Emmanuel Sunday a member of Black Axe to death.In the course of the investigation, we arrested the 10 suspected cultists,’’ he said.
Also, the commissioner of police said that men of his command arrested four suspected kidnappers after they kidnapped one Afaghaene Onuka at Jebbs road in Calabar South LGA.
“On Aug 4, a gang of armed men invaded Onuka’s compound and whisked away his two female daughters aged 17 and 18 to an unknown destination.On receipt of this report, the police swung into an aggressive manhunt of the suspects, which resulted in the arrest of four suspects at No. 55 Afokang Street in Calabar South.
“Items recovered from the kidnappers include, N717, 500 cash, two walkie talkie, seven handsets, three wristwatches, two ATM cards, two voters card and one identity card,” Fadairo said.
He said the gang consisted of 12 men, adding that efforts were on to arrest the remaining eight on the run, adding that two kidnapped girls had been freed and since re-united with their family.
“Since the present clampdown on criminals in the state, about 150 suspects have been arrested including 14 hardened criminals involved in various criminal activities,’’ the Commissioner said.