By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Cross River State Police Command on Thursday paraded 51 suspects arrested for various offences.
Also lots of exhibits were recovered from them after confessing to be involved in the various crimes.
Briefing newsmen in his office, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Inuwa Hafiz, described “it as another success story and landmark in the command’s efforts to maintain peace and order, protection of lives and property and prevention of crime”.
He said “this is a huge success recorded within the period under review”.
Some of the items recovered include (3) pump action rifles one AK 47 rifle, four locally made revolver pistols, one English Double barrel gun and seven.
Others are four locally made Beretta pistols, thirty seven live cartridges, seventeen empty cartridges, three (ATM) cards, two laptops and three air conditioners amongst others.
He also announced that the command recorded a tremendous and unprecedented breakthrough between February to December 31, 2017.
According to him ” a total of 529 suspects were arrested and paraded, while 234 assorted firearms were recovered.
A breakdown shows armed robbery stood at 186, murder 83, attempted murder 9, while rape 21, kidnapping 40, unlawful possession of firearms 80, and cultism 60.
Others are stealing/conspiracy 29, defilement 4, internet fraud 2, and criminal abortion 2.
He stated that the command was determined more than ever to surmount all forms of criminalities as well as to burst criminal hideouts and expose all criminal elements operating within the state.
Hafiz enjoined the general public to cooperate with the police by providing useful information at all times.
The command he said ” has perfected new relentless strategic onslaughts against armed robbery, murder, cultism, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state”.
The Commissioner however lauded the efforts of the state government, sister security agencies, civil society organisation, religious leaders and traditional institutions for collaborating with the police at all times.
He commended the media for all the support it had given over the years and sued for more cooperation in the years ahead.