Cross River’s Operation Akpakwu Arrests 25 Kidnappers, Armed Robbers
Cross River State security outfit, Operation Akpakwu, has arrested about 25 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, and other suspects in Calabar.
The arrested suspects tried to escape from a joint military/police squad.
The Guardian quoted a source to have said the incident occurred at the weekend on Chief Obot Street, State Housing Estate in Calabar Municipal Council where men of Operation Akpakwu confronted the gang and arrested three members after a gun duel.
“The robbers were chased from Chief Obot Street in the Estate while they were shooting sporadically. While the Operation Akpakwu team chased them, the driver of the armed robbery vehicle lost control and ran into a gutter.
“In the process, three of the armed robbers were arrested, three others escaped, while one of them sustained bullet wounds. The son of a former House of Assembly member drove the car the robbers used for the operation”, said the source.
Governor Benedict Ayade inaugurated the security outfit in November, 2020.
About three weeks ago, the outfit was reported to have arrested one Kingsley Utomobong for killing an assistant commissioner of police serving in Kano, ACP Egbe Edum in Calabar while on vacation with his family.
Utomobong was later reported to have died in police custody a few days after his arrest.
Also, on December 22, 2020, men of Operation Akpakwu arrested a notorious kidnapper identified as Richard at Anantigha, headquarters of Calabar South Council.
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