Akwa Ibom state Police Commander has arrested one Godfirst Edet Bassey, accused of being a repeat rapist and known for armed robbery in the Mbo Local Government area of the province.
This was contained in a statement by the Director of Public Relations, Odiko Macdon, which was obtained from reporters on Saturday.
The statement said another alleged armed robber, Ndifreke Itoro Effiong, popularly known as Ndi’boy, had been arrested in connection with the Ikot Ekpene and suburbs.
According to the statement, all the suspects have pleaded guilty and have been charged in court.
It was alleged that Godfirst allegedly robbed Effiong Mfon of one Thirty Thousand Naira with a shotgun and blocked a woman victim on the street, dragging her to a primary school and allegedly raping her.
The statement read in part, “On 11/5/2022 Godfirst Edet Bassey‘ m ’was arrested in connection with an armed robbery / robbery at Mbo LGA. The suspect stopped one of the Effiong Mfon ‘m’ on his way home from Ibaka where he lived, shot him in the eye and collected a sum of thirty thousand naira (N30,000) from him. On the same day, the suspect stopped another woman victim on the street and dragged her to Ewang Primary School and raped her.
“In another incident, at gunpoint, the suspect dragged another female victim to an unknown house and raped her.
The suspect admitted during the interrogation that he had committed crimes and had been charged in court. ”
“Similarly, on 11/05/2022 at about 1430hrs, the Ikot Ekpene Division patrol team investigated and identified Ndifreke Itoro Effiong ‘m’ known as Ndi’boy, the leader of a notorious armed gang who terrorized Ikot In the suburbs, he fled when he saw the police but was defeated and arrested.
“The following shows were found in him; one long-range assault rifle in place; one place-built rifle; six live cartridges; one large machete; Supreme Vikings confraternity insignia and cowries; one traditional pot with various charms; two GSM phone chargers; one laptop bag. ”
Meanwhile, the provincial commissioner of police, Mr Andrew Amiengheme, who has been promoted to Assistant Chief Inspector of Police, has vowed not to give up on the crime scene.