Police in Akwa Ibom has stated that it will have zero tolerance for criminals during the ember period in the state warning that no form of criminality would be condoled or tolerated in the state.
Giving the warning on Tuesday while parading twelve suspected criminals arrested for kidnappings, armed robbers, theft, rape and cultism in Uyo, the State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani said any criminal caught will face the full weight of the law.
Mani who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Cordelia Nwawe disclosed that two young-men who specialize in removing of solar energy batteries on the streets of the state have been arrested.
Again, he said a young man who collected his friend vehicle to drive but latter sold it to a buyer in Benue State has been arrested with the buyer.
The State Police Boss said a young man Ibanga Solomon from Ini Local Government area alleged to have threatened to kidnap the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr Glory Edet has been arrested.
Also, two persons who alleged involved in the kidnap of a hotel owner in Abak local government area of the state were among those arrested and paraded.
He said one of the persons linked to the kidnap of the hotel owner was traced to Rivers State and arrested at the point of going to withdraw money paid to his account as ransom.
The Police Commissioner cautioned those without legitimate duty in the state or with criminal intention to stay away saying security operatives will continue to be proactive in the discharge of their duties.
“There is no room for people who carry illegal arms to commit any form of criminality. The anti-kidnapping section, Special Anti-robbery squad (SARS) has all been well briefed on the task of riding the state of crime”, Mani stated.
The Police Commissioner urged members of the Public to provide the police with useful information on the movement and hideout of criminals around the state saying that identity of such informants would always be protected and information treated in confidence.
Speaking with Thisday, Elijah Fidelis aged 23 from Ukanafun alleged to have kidnapped the hotel owner in Abak local government area of the state denied committing the crime.
He said having work in the hotel for fifteen months without salary he decided one day to pick the hotel owner bag and insisted that he must pay him before getting the bag back.
“I did not kidnap anybody. My boss made allegation that I try to kidnap him. There was no important thing in the bag from identity card”, he said.
Another person linked to the kidnap saga, Micah Fidelis aged 29 a driver by profession residing in Rivers State and a brother to Elijah denied involvement in the incident.
He explained that he had asked the brother to give him some money to repair his vehicle because he was broke.
According to him, when the brother informed him of paying the sum of N 100, 000 into his account he went to the bank to withdraw the money but could not.
After four days of making efforts to withdraw the money, he was arrested by the police and taken to Rivers Police State and later moved to Akwa Ibom state Police Command.
In his comment, Ibanga Solomon said it was in an attempt to bring peace in the community that the village head agreed that youth be mobilized to peace meeting.
He said it was agreed that at the meeting the Youth Commissioner will be invited but when the Commissioner learn t of the meeting she was not happy and decided to call the police to arrest him.