The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested three members of a notorious armed robbery gang for the murder of a child and a private security guard, Anyanime Ndarake Okon, in Uyo.
Briefing newsmen at the police headquarters in Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo on Friday, July 23, spokesperson of the command, SP Odiko Macdon said the suspects also confessed to have killed two policemen in a hotel.
“On 10/7/2021 at about 9:53am, following a tip-off that unknown hoodlums used welding machine to maliciously destroy an Access Bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at Oliver twist, along Brook Street, Uyo and carted away the sum of eight million naira (N8M),” he stated.
Operatives of Anti-Robbery Squad traced the hoodlums to Tantalizer fast food situated at Abak Road, Uyo while they were attempting to destroy another ATM and arrested them.
The suspects are: Praise Sunday Nwagwu, 30, of Elelenwa village, Obio Akpor L.G.A of Rivers State, Tony Uche Ambrose, 41, of Umudim, Ikeduru L.G.A in Imo State, and Sunday Edet Udo, 32, of Ikot Ambang village, Ibiono Ibom L.G.A in Akwa Ibom State.
Items recovered from the suspects include; two gas cylinder filled with gas, two welding pipes, two shifting spanners and one custom coloured Toyota Corolla Car with Reg. No. BRR 437 RM.
During interrogation the suspects confessed to have been involved in the attack on Jean Juliet Supermarket at Ikot Ekpene Road, Uyo where they killed a little boy and robbed two vehicles.
The suspects also confessed to the robbery attack on Maya Restaurant at Two Lane where Okon, was killed. Okon, 24, was a member of the ONLY GOD Protocol Squad (a youth volunteer protocol team supportive of the state government).
The statement read; “the robbery gang was also involved in the destruction of Access Bank ATM and robbery of N8M at Oliver twist, Uyo, destruction of Union Bank ATM and robbery of N11M at College of Education, Afaha Nsit, destruction of ATM and Robbery of N7M at Ikot Ekpene L.G.A, attack on Metropolitan Supermarket at Oron Road, Uyo, robbery of E-Plus mates at Atiku Abubakar Avenue, Uyo, murder of two Policemen at Tranquility Hotel, Nung Oku and robbery of R & R Supermarket at Nwaniba Road, Uyo where a Siena car was robbed.”