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Four kidnap suspects in army uniform arrested in Akwa Ibom

Four male suspected kidnapers, identified as Abdulkarem Yusuf, Ibinabo Sunny Iboroma, Yusuf Waziri, and Abdulrahman Abbas, have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.

This was disclosed through a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Timfon John.

According to the PPRO, on May 24, the Police command received a distress call reporting suspected kidnapping activity at Utang Street by Gibbs Street in the state capital. Upon arriving at the scene, four kidnap suspects dressed in army uniforms were arrested.

ASP Timfon said, “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command, in its quest to make the state safe from criminal elements, has arrested four suspected kidnappers.

“On May 24, at about 23:00hrs, the Command received a distress call notifying us of a kidnapping incident at Utang Street by Gibbs Street, Uyo.

“The Command’s Anti-Robbery Squad immediately swung into action and mobilized to the scene, where four suspects – Abdulkarem Yusuf, Yusuf Waziri, Inbinabo Sunny Iboroma, and Abdulrahman Abbas – were arrested.”

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The PPRO further stated that the suspects were apprehended while attempting to kidnap a friend of their previous victim.

“They had previously kidnapped a victim, Abraham Ekpe, at Ring Road 3, opposite the cemetery. Preliminary investigations revealed that they requested a 5 million naira ransom. When the victim couldn’t afford it, they moved to kidnap his friend.

“Their plan was to kidnap the two friends and take them to Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross River State.”

ASP Timfon mentioned that the suspects disguised themselves as soldiers and were riding a red-colored Honda Accord car with registration number BJ 615 ABC.

“We found one handcuff and a dagger in their possession. They will be charged to court as soon as possible,” she said.

Finally, the PPRO. mentioned that the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom Command, CP Waheed Ayilara, encourages members of the public to always be their brother’s keeper by reporting every suspicious act or movement in their neighborhood.

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According to her, this would help the police take prompt action and prevent criminal activities.

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