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Police arrest 12 suspected notorious armed robbers over death of inspector in Calabar

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The Cross River State Police Command has arrested one notorious street light vandal and 12 gang armed robbery suspects, who were alleged to have killed a Police inspector, Ebri Ogban in Calabar, the state capital.

Reporting directly from Calabar, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Inuwa Hafiz, said the suspect, Edet Ekpenyong a security man was arrested by a team of patrol men from the state housing field.

He said two solar light batteries were recovered from the suspect.

Consequently, on the gang of suspected armed robbers, the Commissioner said, “The operatives of State Criminal, Intelligence and Investigations Department (SCIID) had encountered with suspected deadly gang of armed robbers who have been terrorizing Calabar Metropolis and its environs.

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“The team after a long period of fierce gun battle subdued the gang and arrested thirteen of them. As a result, some sustained serious gun short wounds. In the process, one Promise Bassey Effiom died while being rushed to the Police Hospital.

The Commissioner alleged that the said gang was responsible for the death of the Inspector Ebri Ogban, who was attached to Department of Operations in September this year.

He listed the names of the suspects to include, Charles Bassey Okon ‘m’ 22 years, Bassey Asuquo Effiong ‘m’ 23 years, Mfon Effiong Akpan ‘m’ 33 years, Marvellous Jacob Essience ‘m’ 19 years

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Others were Kufre Effiong Akpan ‘m’, Ernest Okon Effiong ‘m’ 25 years, Gilbert Esoho Ekpo ‘m’ years, Moses Bassey Okon ‘m’ 18 years, Essien Eba Jacob ‘m’ 17 years, Asim Miracle Eric ‘m’ 18 yrs and Victoria Effa Esu ‘f’ 22 years.

Our correspondent reported that one Police AK 47 rifle with five rounds of live ammunition snatched from the late Inspector, one locally made pistol, three short locally made pistol, two long locally made pistols, fourteen live cartridges, military Jack knife and a bag containing charms were recovered from the suspects.

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