A Traditional Ruler of Obufa Obio, Ekong Anaku Akan Esio Clan, Calabar South LGA of Cross River State, has been apprehended by troops of the Nigeria Army attached to Operation Akpakwu, a unit formed by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River to tackle the surging wave of kidnapping and another form of criminality in the state.
Source gathered that the 8Monarch whose name is Okon Essien was arrested for alleged kidnapping in Community Road off Jebbs Street, Calabar South in the metropolis.
The Commander, 13 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Abdullahi Mohammed, made this known when he addressed journalists in Calabar on Friday.
He said upon investigation, the troops found out that 2 sons of the Monarch, Victor Okon and Offiong Okon, were in charge of the kidnapping operations. He however, said that both men are now on the run after the troops zoned in on their father.
Speaking on behalf of the 13 Brigade Commander, while handing the suspected kidnapper alongside other criminal /armed robbery suspects at the headquarters of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army Akim Barracks Calabar to authority of the Nigerian Police Command, Officer Commanding 13 Brigade Provost, Major Stanley Ikpeme in his words said, “Consequently, I am directed to hand over the suspects to you for further investigation and possible prosecution.”
“You are please requested to furnish this office with the outcome of your investigation to enable us update our record.”
Meanwhile, apart from the Monarch, the army also arrested and paraded armed robbery suspects with charms purported to be used for robbery operations.
Among the criminal suspects arrested by the troops of Operation Akpakwu, and handed over to the Police include one James Edet, said to have dispossessed members of his community around the Scanobo Filling station axis of their valuables until he met his Waterloo and was held by the troops.
Others also arrested include a woman named Blessing Effiom. She was suspected to be an informant that assist operations of a particular criminal gang in the area.
The troops apprehended one Mr. Felix Helekpa. It was learnt that he was in possession of a locally made pistol, a cartridge and charms used to aid his robbery operations with other gang members now at large.