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Akwa Ibom court jails two tricycle robbers for 28 years

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Two tricycle thieves were sentenced to 28 years in prison by the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Okoita, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.

Nsikan Friday Tom, 28, and Augustine Gregory, 27, were convicted for robbing a passenger at Okokon Etuk Street in Uyo when they were attempting to board a tricycle.

Nsikan Friday Tom, also known as “Nokia,” a native of Akpa-utong in the Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, and Augustine Gregory, a resident of Aka Offot in Uyo, allegedly robbed their victim on August 7, 2016, taking both his Gionee M5 phone and Lenovo laptop.

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The sentences would run concurrently, according to the presiding court, Justice Okon Okon, who sentenced the offenders to 21 years for robbery and seven years for conspiracy.

Out of the three counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, and participation in a secret cult in Akwa Ibom, the court found them guilty on two of them.

The court ruled that even if the prosecution was unable to show that a pistol was used in the robbery, there was still more than enough proof that the victims’ laptop and phone were taken by the defendants.

However, Justice Okon released and exonerated the defendants on the charge of participation in a secret cult, declaring that “nowhere in the world is there a law that incriminates or punishes the making of confessional comments to the Police.”

 

 

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Akwa Ibom Police Commissioner Waheed Ayilara Warns Against Unprofessional Conduct

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The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Waheed Ayilara, has issued a stern warning to officers and personnel under his command against engaging in unprofessional conduct.

He emphasized that the Command will take strict action against any officer found guilty of misconduct.

This warning was delivered at the conclusion of his comprehensive tour of the 31 local government areas in the state, which included visits to Area Commands, Divisions, and Formations. During his interactions with officers, Ayilara reaffirmed the Command’s commitment to the welfare of its personnel, urging them to maintain professional behavior in their duties.

Ayilara assured communities across Akwa Ibom State that the Command will continue to safeguard citizens’ rights through the Police Complaint Response Unit, which has been established to address grievances and complaints from the public.

The Commissioner solicited support from local government chairmen and community stakeholders in the fight against crime. He highlighted the importance of strategic security measures and community collaboration to prevent criminal activities in the state.

Reiterating his dedication to protecting lives and property, Ayilara invited constructive criticism and contributions from citizens, stating that his leadership is service-oriented and open to feedback.

The primary purpose of his tour was to assess the conditions of police divisions, engage with local stakeholders, gather intelligence, and connect with community members to better understand their security needs.

In conclusion, CP Ayilara called for a strategic partnership between the police and all stakeholders to enhance crime prevention efforts in Akwa Ibom State.

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Akwa Ibom Police Arrest Four Impersonators Planning to Kidnap and Extort N150 Million

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has apprehended four individuals impersonating Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) officers who were planning to abduct a victim and extort N150 million in ransom.

Commissioner of Police Waheed Ayilara identified the suspects as Emmanuel Augustine Akpayak, 27; Echem Ovurizichi Weneka, 27; Promise Udofia, 28; and Jeremiah Johnson Okon, 38.

Commissioner Ayilara revealed that the principal suspect, Emmanuel Akpayak, orchestrated the kidnapping scheme to evade a debt of over N12 million owed to the intended victim. The plan involved hiring armed men and procuring EFCC uniforms to facilitate the operation.

“Investigation revealed that Emmanuel Augustine Akpayak had arranged for the kidnap and killing of the would-be victim by engaging armed men and procuring EFCC vests/uniforms for the operation. The victim was invited, and a search conducted at the principal suspect’s house led to the recovery of four pairs of EFCC vests,” Ayilara stated.

The commissioner noted that the suspects intended to extort N150 million from the victim before killing him. However, the plot was foiled by the police.

In an interview, Akpayak admitted to owing the intended victim money from a business transaction involving car sales. He claimed that the victim hired “boys” who issued threats to him, prompting him to procure EFCC vests online and plan the abduction to force the victim to pay N150 million.

Additionally, the commissioner paraded suspects involved in advance fee fraud targeting POS operators in Uyo. One incident involved suspects Donald Ita Nyong, Rex Clement Uso, and Kingsley Mathias Joekim, who defrauded a POS operator, Glory Uko Okon, of N320,000. The suspects tricked Okon into giving them access to her POS machine under the pretense of making a withdrawal. They then swiftly withdrew the money and fled.

“On 21/06/2024 at about 7:00 pm, one Glory Uko Okon of Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan Village, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, called in through the emergency hotline and alleged that Donald Ita Nyong, Rex Clement Uso, and Kingsley Mathias Joekim, POS syndicates, came to her POS stand at Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, pretended to make a withdrawal of N10,000. While she made the withdrawal, one of the suspects gave her N3,200 to deposit into an Opay account. She tried three times unsuccessfully, and under pressure, handed the POS machine to the suspects to type in the account number. Before she realized, they had withdrawn N320,000 from her machine and quickly jumped into their waiting car and fled. The suspects were arrested, made useful statements, and have confessed to the crime,” the statement read.

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command continues to urge the public to cooperate with law enforcement by reporting suspicious activities to help combat crime in the state.

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Akwa Ibom Police Arrest 16 Criminal Suspects in Multiple Operations

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The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested 16 criminal suspects in seven different operations, with the suspects now in custody awaiting prosecution.

State Commissioner of Police, Waheed Ayilara, disclosed this during a briefing with journalists on the Command’s recent activities.

The suspects were arrested for various crimes, including murder, cultism, firearms recovery, kidnapping, armed robbery, and child trafficking. Commissioner Ayilara stated that the suspects have confessed to their crimes and will be charged to court shortly.

Among the recovered items were a locally made gun, charms, and illicit drugs. The investigation also led to the recovery of an AK-49 rifle, an SMG rifle, two magazines, and six rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition from the suspects’ residence.

One notable incident detailed by Commissioner Ayilara involved the murder of Edima Edet, a female resident of Mbio-Oku Nsit in Uyo LGA. On May 14, 2024, police operatives responded to a distress call from Effiat Offot, off Atiku Abubakar Way, Uyo. They found Edet gruesomely murdered by her lover, Elisha Idongesit Ime, aged 20. The suspect, who had gone into hiding, has since been arrested and will face charges soon.

The Commissioner expressed gratitude to the state Governor, Umo Enom, for his support and commitment to crime-fighting efforts. He acknowledged the governor’s contributions as pivotal in enhancing the police’s capability to combat crime and maintain order in the state.

“The Akwa Ibom State Police shall leave no stone unturned as we battle all factors capable of disrupting peace, law, and order in the state. We urge the Akwa Ibom people to continue cooperating with the police through intelligence sharing so that together we can fight and successfully defeat crime and criminal elements in the state. Please, when you see something, say something,” Commissioner Ayilara stated.

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