Several Suspects Detained Over Attack Of Akwa Ibom Police Post, Station

Several Suspects Detained Over Attack Of Akwa Ibom Police Post, Station
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By Iniobong Sunday, Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command at Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, the state capital, confirmed the arrest of several suspects in connection with last week’s attack by gunmen at a Divisional Police station and a Police post in Essien Udim Local Government Area.

Armed hoodlums had launched attack on a checkpoint at Ikpe Annang junction, killing a Police Inspector and razed down patrol van with the officer inside.

Another arson attack was launched within the week by the hoodlums, razing part of the Divisional Police station at Essien Udim, destroying several parked vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles.

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Speaking in an interview on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Odiko Macdon, lamented that “the attack would have been more disastrous, if not for the gallantry of our men who repelled the attackers”.

 “Many of them left with bullets wounds as patches of blood stains could be noticed on the scene of the incident”, the Police spokesman added.

Although he disclosed that matters of security should not be a thing for public discourse, Macdon, a Police Superintendent, said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Amiengheme Andrew, who had immediately visited the Police station after the attack, had since embarked on discreet investigation with successes recorded.

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 “Very soon your get to know the efforts we are making in tracking down the suspects. We have made huge successes so far”, he said.

Following the incident, all Police formations in the state, according to Macdon, had since been fortified with more security beef-up around personnel and other security infrastructure in the state.

 “The Police are doing their job of securing lives and properties of the people. Therefore, it is totally condemnable and unacceptable for them to be subjected to attacks by the same society”, he explained.

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Security, he added, should not be left in the hands of security agencies alone, proffering that a holistic action plan was needed to address the myriads of security challenges facing the country.


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