Cross River Police rescues abducted woman, parade 17 suspects


The Cross River State Police Command has rescued a 22-year-old woman, Bassey Happiness-Okon who was abducted by some unidentified gunmen while returning from her business centre on Marian Road, Calabar.

Briefing the Media on its achievement, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, said that Happiness-Okon was rescued on September 27, 2017 by men of the command during a stop-and-search operation.
Inuwa explained that following a tip-off, his men on patrol intercepted a Toyota Camry car with four occupants along Atimbo Road by Mountain of Fire.
He added that on sighting the police, the occupants of the vehicles took to their heels and abandoned the girl inside the car.
Inuwa said, “On the September 27, we intercepted a Toyota Camry car along Atimbo by Mountain of Fire junction. When my men stopped the car for searching, the four occupants inside the car immediately took to their heels.
“On searching the car, we found a female victim inside with her face covered with mask and we also recovered one locally made pistol inside the car. The victim was heading to her resident in Calabar South before the incident. Investigation is ongoing to arrest the fleeing bandits.”
The commissioner also paraded 17 suspects arrested for various offences, including kidnapping and armed robbery in the state.
Inuwa said that the command also arrested three suspected cultists on September 19 for being in possession of fire arms.
According to him, the suspects were arrested during a stop-and-search by officers of the command, adding that one locally made pistol was recovered from them.
“Also, on September 21, we arrested a three-man robbery gang who invaded a business premises along MCC road in Calabar. In all, we have arrested 17 suspects for various offences committed in the state.

“We recovered seven locally made pistols, seven live cartridges, two live ammunition, one laptop, military and police vest, ATM cards and many others,” Inuwa added.
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