In Akwa Ibom: Robbery suspect escapes from police cell

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Zubairu Muazu

Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said he was informed by the DPO of the affected Division that no armed robbery suspect escaped from the station.

Frank, a member of a notorious robbery gang terrorising Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has reportedly escaped from police custody at the Ikot Uboh police post.

The robbery suspect, who was reportedly arrested during a robbery at  St. Patrick Quasi Catholic Parish, Obio Ndot, Oruk Anam LG, allegedly escaped after spending three days at the police post.

Narrating the activities of Frank and cohorts, a resident of the area said: “Last Tuesday, at about 12am, the robbers attacked the Catholic parish again. They scaled the fence from behind the church to enter the premises.

“They did not know that after the first attack, the parish beefed up its security by engaging three additional security men because there was only one security man positioned at the gate the first time the gang robbed the parish.

“When the robbers came last Tuesday, one of the security men raised the alarm.

“Frank was caught, while others managed to escape.

“The suspect was almost lynched, but the church intervened. Frank was later handed over to the police.

“But last week Friday, some officers told the villagers that Frank had escaped. As I speak with you, there is controversy over the whereabouts of the suspected robber.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said he was informed by the Divisional Police Officer of the Oruk Anam Police Division that no armed robbery suspect escaped from the station.

The DPO’s message, according to the Commissioner read: “Good afternoon, sir, no armed robbery suspect escaped from the Oruk Anam Police Division.

“Rather, there was a case of stealing of aluminium zinc at the Ikot Uboh Police Post in which the arrested suspect was said to have escaped from custody on August 28, 2017.

“The ASP in charge did not report the incident until the station officer, who took over from him on September 1, 2017, told me. I have liaised with the locals for the re-arrest of the suspect, while those on duty have been defaulted.



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