By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
While acting on credible information, Akwa Ibom State Police Command has said that it has killed four suspected sea pirates and an armed robber in Ikang Creek, Oron Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Odiko Macdon in a statement on Wednesday, said the operatives during the gun battle recovered firearms from the suspects.
According to SP MacDon, the criminals who he stated numbered 32 used four speed boats and armed with sophisticated weapons engaged the operatives in a feared gun battle.
“Acting on a very credible intelligence, on 13th April, 2021, Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Marine Police, Oron, embarked on a sting operation, along Ikang Creek, Oron where they were confronted by sea pirates numbering about thirty-two (32) on board four (4) speed boats, armed with sophisticated weapons.
“The suspects on sighting the Operatives opened fire on them, during the ensuing gun battle, four (4) suspects met their waterloo, while others escaped with three (3) speed boats.
“Exhibits recovered from the suspects were; One (1) W23 boat mounted with 115HP Yamaha engine. Two (2) rifles and six (6) ammunitions.
“In a similar vein, responding to a distress call on 28th March, 2021 at about 2:50am, Operatives of ‘D’ Division Itam, mobilized to Church Road where hoodlums were operating. The hoodlums on sighting the Operatives fired at them, and during the exchange of fire, one suspect identified as Nsikak ‘m’ other names unknown sustained bullet wounds, while Imoh Daniel ‘m’ was arrested. The injured suspect was rushed to the Hospital for treatment but gave up the ghost in the process.
“Items recovered were one locally made pistol, one live cartridge, one expended cartridge, one axe, one machete and a facemask”, MacDon stated in a statement.
The statement added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andrew has assured Akwa Ibom people that the Command would continue to partner with critical stakeholders to provide top notch security for every part of the state.