Thursday, November 26, 2020

Police Arrest Suspected Calabar Rice City Looters

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The Cross River Police Command arrested three suspects who looted insecticide pump machines from Calabar Rice City during the EndSARS protest on October 24 in Calabar.

State Police Commissioner Abdulkadir Jimoh, who paraded the suspects in Calabar Thursday, said they were arrested on the 8-mile Calabar axis as they headed to Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The Commissioner also paraded 12 other suspects arrested for various crimes in the state.

According to him, the state command had already announced and granted a 48-hour grace period to looters of public and private property to return it to the police.

“In accordance with the directives of the Inspector General of Police, we granted a grace period for all those who looted public and private items to return them to the state.

“The IGP also ordered that we visit the commandos and assess their operational capacity.

“Earlier today, our vigilant officers intercepted a truck loaded with insecticide pumping machines that were looted from Calabar Rice City.

“After many interrogations, the suspects could not explain how the machines came about. It was an aide to Governor Ben Ayade of Agriculture who came and identified the machines, ”he said.

The Commissioner also paraded the alleged kidnapper of the wife of a former member of the House of Representatives in the state, Mrs. Patricia Orok.

It revealed that the police were collaborating with the Nigerian Navy and other marine stakeholders to effectively monitor the waterways and curb the incessant kidnapping of victims through the waterways.

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