The Cross River State Police Command late Saturday night smashed a kidnap gang arresting 3 of the members that have been terrorising Calabar metropolis and its environs.
They also recovered the vehicle of another victim who was whisked away at gun point in his vehicle on the 14th of November in Calabar.
Newsmen gathered the three kidnap suspects have been on the wanted list of security agencies for some time as two of them were also declared wanted by the state government some months ago.
Investigations by newsmen showed that they were the gang that participated in the kidnap of one Mr. Emmanuel Akpanudo in Calabar, Mrs Patricia Orok, wife of ex lawmaker in Uyanga, Akampka Local government area on the 6th of November who was rescued by police few hours after she was kidnapped.
Speaking with newsmen on telephone, Sunday in Calabar, the State Commissioner of police, Abdulkadir Jimoh, revealed that it was a painstaking investigation by the Divisional police officer, DPO, ”A” Division that led to the breakthrough adding that more of the criminals would soon be apprehended.
Jimoh said :”It took the effort of a crack team led by the DPO of “A” Division through cultivated intelligence and painstaking investigation that leading to the smashing of the gang .
According to him the suspects were arrested in three different locations including a popular joint, Palladium, Bedwell and Mbukpa by Onitsha Street respectively.
The suspects include, Blessed Etim Sunday aged 33, Samuel Udo Udo a.ka. “Papa” aged 27 and Ime John Effiong a.ka. “Last born” aged 23 years old who were all involved in the kidnap of Mr Emmanuel Akpanudo on the 5th of November were now in police custody.