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Police parade members of infamous theft gang who tried to promote N8m automotive for N1m in Akwa Ibom.


The Cross River State Police Command has paraded three members of an infamous robbery gang that focuses on snatching vehicles, and recovered a 2018 Corolla Toyota worth over 8 million naira.

The suspects had been arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom by the Anti Kidnapping/Cultism Team, AKCT.  The suspects had confessed that they’d snatched vehicles in Calabar and sell them in Uyo. The cars stolen in Uyo are sold in Calabar. Read about their arrest Here.

AKCT tracked the gang from Calabar to Uyo where they had been apprehended after robbing their victim before taking his car.

Investigation revealed that that they had already put up the car which is presently being sold between N7.5 to M8 million naira on the market at just N1 million naira at a car stand in Uyo, before the crack group apprehended them. 

Talking with newsmen on Tuesday, December 8,  in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, who paraded the suspects mentioned the police were determined to rid the state of all types of crime and criminality.

“In line with our open door policy at it concerns information sharing by giving the people feed back as well as carrying the people of Cross River State along in our progress and achievement ,we have just apprehended a notorious robbery gang who specializes in robbing filling stations and snatching cars,” stated the head of police. 

“After robbing their victim in Calabar, they took his 2018 Toyota Corolla which cost over 8 million to a car stand at Uyo without knowing that we were tracking them. They were intercepted at about 12: 00 midnight on Tuesday in synergy with our people in Akwa Ibom. We arrested them and brought them back to Calabar and they all confessed to the crime and will be charged to Court immediately investigation is concluded.” he added. 

One of many suspects, 28-year-old Francis Archbong mentioned that he didn’t know the worth of the car that was why they were going to sell the car for 1 million naira.

“I used to be a carpenter before going into driving but I didn’t know the value of the car but we needed cash urgently. I used to be a carpenter but I became driver to make quick cash.  The car was handed over to me by Etete so I drove it to Akwa Ibom to sell it there but to tell you the truth I didn’t know the car is up to 8 million naira. If I knew I won’t place it at 1 million naira.” he said.

Others suspects arrested together with cultists are Etim James Etim, 35, Peter, 32, China justice, 44 and Obaseoyi Ibor, 38.

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