Eight persons suspected to be the killers of the late Ukanafun Local Government Council Secretary, Mr Ime Atakpa have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom Police Command.
This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Donald Awunah, made this known to newsmen in Uyo on Saturday.
Awunah disclosed that all the suspects had confessed that they were sponsored by the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ukanafun Local Government Council, Mr Abasiono Udomfu.
He said that the alleged suspects have been charged to court for conspiracy and murder of late Atakpa.
“Four armed men namely: Godwin Daniel Ikpe alias One man chop `m’; Aniefiok Eseme Etukudo alias Barbeach – archor ‘m’;
“Saturday Etim Isong alias Saty ‘m’, and Englishmen were arrested at different locations in Port Harcourt on 22/5/2017, 23/5/2017 and 24/5/2017, respectively,
“They all confessed to the crime mentioning the caretaker committee chairman of Ukanafun local government area, Barrister Abasiono Jackson Udomfu ‘m’ as their sponsor.
“Other suspects arrested in connection with this crime include Akaninyene Sunday Iwok ‘m’, 34 years; Aniedi Okon Udosen ‘m’, 32 years, and Ekere Friday Joseph ‘m’.
“Items recovered from the suspects include one handset belonging to the deceased secretary, Obong Ime Willie Atakpa, and one red coloured Qlink 125 motorcycle,” Awunah said.
Atakpa was killed on April 16, 2017, by four gunmen with three motorcycles in his poultry farm at Ikot Udo Obodo village, Ukanafun.
Awunah said the people of Ukanafun, Etim-Ekpo and Oruk-Anam local government areas are likely to be free of constant serial killings, kidnap for ransom and receiving threat messages as the perpetrator have been arrested by the police.
He explained that the police traced and arrested the person responsible for the threat messages through the phone number used for the act.
The police commissioner said that prominent citizens of Ukanafun and environs had received threats of death and kidnap for ransom through GSM No: 08150657348.
However, he said that some persons had become victims by making payment.
He said that diligent detectives traced the phone number to Utom Ekponudim Uyo of Ikot Oku Usung village, who was arrested on June 26, at about 5.50 a.m with two Nokia phones and an Airtel SIM card.
The commissioner added that on June 26, at about 1500hrs following an intelligence report, the Divisional Police Officer of Okobo raided a criminal hideout leading to recovery of 75 rounds of 9mm live ammunition, 2 locally made single barrel guns and an Army camouflage uniform.
He said that the hoodlums on sighting the police fled.
Awunah said that efforts are currently being made to arrest the fleeing hoodlums whose identities have been established.
The commissioner reassured Akwa Ibom people of the command’s commitment to continue partnering with other security agencies and all law abiding citizens of the state to eliminate all forms of crime and their perpetrators.
Source:( PM News )