The Akwa Ibom State police command said it has in a gun battle shot dead four suspected sea pirates and one armed robbery suspect in Ikang Creek, Oron Local Government Area and church road, Uyo all in Akwa Ibom State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, SP Odiko Macdon in a statement on Wednesday said the operatives acted on intelligence even as firearms were also recovered.
According to the statement, “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 face mask.”
The statement added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andrew has assured Akwa Ibom people that the Command will continue to partner with critical stakeholders to provide top notch security for every part of the State.
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