The Cross River State Police Command has paraded three members of a notorious robbery gang that specializes in snatching cars, and recovered a 2018 Corolla Toyota worth over 8 million naira.
The suspects were arrested in Uyo, Akwa Ibom by the Anti Kidnapping/Cultism Team, AKCT. The suspects had confessed that they snatched cars 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 were apprehended after robbing their victim before taking his car.
Investigation revealed that they had already put up the car which is currently being sold between N7.5 to M8 million naira for sale at just N1 million naira at a car stand in Uyo, before the crack team apprehended them.
Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, December 8, in Calabar, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdulkadir Jimoh, who paraded the suspects said the police was determined to rid the state of all forms 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,” said the police boss.
“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 the suspects, 28-year-old Francis Archbong said he didn’t know the value of the car that was why they wanted 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 including cultists are Etim James Etim, 35, Peter, 32, China justice, 44 and Obaseoyi Ibor, 38.