Intelligence have gathered that a police officer who allegedly sells guns and weapons to criminals was arrested and paraded on Tuesday June 22 at Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
The suspect, identified as Nathaniel Manasseh, is an Inspector in the Nigerian Police Force. He was paraded in Calabar alongside criminals who buy firearms from him.
Intelligence gathered that Inspector Manasseh usually gives out rifles belonging to the Nigerian Police Force on “rent” to notorious criminals and a member of a gun-running syndicate.
A total of 24 persons were arrested: three for murder, nine for armed robbery, six for Cultism. Three others were arrested for gun-running including Inspector Manasseh as well as one person for car snatching and another for arson.
Manasseh, who confessed to the crime, said he was charmed and dispossessed of some AK-47 rifles and a car.
“I was charmed, I can’t really explain what happened and how they dispossessed me of the rifles. I am not a gun runner,” he said.
CP Sikiru Akande, the State Commissioner of Police while parading the suspects disclosed that since the new Commander of Anti Kidnapping and Cultism Squad (AKCTS) resumed office, there has been a harvest of criminals.
He said; “Cross River is regaining her lost glory in the area of security and as a matter of fact, we remain the most peaceful state in Nigeria and nothing can break our resolve.
“For Police to function efficiently in any society, it requires citizens’ participation, partnership and willingness of the community to constantly equip the police with actionable information to forestall unpleasant occurrences.
“Our achievement today is not unconnected with the cooperation of the public – security is everybody’s business, we must encourage Community Policing in our communities.”
Credit: Eons Intelligence
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