By Marcel Samuel
No fewer than 18 suspected cult members have been arrested by operatives of Akwa Ibom State Police Command during initiation meeting in a hotel in the State capital.
According to the Command spokesperson, DSP Odiko MacDon, the suspects were arrested following on a tip-off, through a text message received on a suspect’s phone in custody under investigation.
The text according to the spokesperson read: “Greetings sir, with due respect the trench town will sit out today @ Hero’s World Hotel, Itu road, by 7pm – Sheriff”.
He said upon the receipt of the information, operatives from the Command swung into action and cordon the premises of the said Hotel were the suspects were rounded off.
DSP Odiko said further investigation revealed that, two suspects detained in the cell received information on their phones, inviting them for the “KLAN KULUS KLUB” (K.K.K) meeting on 21st January, 2018 at Hero’s World Hotel and Bar, located along Ikpa Road by Itu Road, Uyo.
He said one locally made revolver pistol was recovered from the suspects, adding that they would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
In another development, the Command through a credible intelligence arrested a suspected child trafficker, one Eno Archibong Emah, who conspired with one Emmanuel Akpabio Okon ‘m’ and Emem Asuquo Okon ‘f’ to sell her one-month old child.
Crime Fighters investigations revealed that Eno Archibong, gave birth to a baby boy on 12th November, 2017, and sold the baby to one Kate ‘f’ of Aba, Abia State at the cost of four hundred thousand naira (N400,000.00).
DSP Odiko said the mother of the child was arrested and later led the operatives to the arrest of other accomplices in the illicit trade.
Suspects arrested includes, Utibe Sunday John ‘m’, Imo Ime Udoetuk ‘m’, Friday John Amiang ‘m’ and Uwana Ime ‘f’ who have all confessed to the crime and the roles they played in the offence.
The Command’s spokesman said suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigations to serve as deterrent to others.