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A’Ibom woman kidnaps herself,demands N4m ransom from family

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By Ogenyi Ogenyi,Uyo

An Akwa Ibom woman who arranged with two of het boyfriends to fake her own kidnap have been arrested by the Police in Uyo.

This is even as the Police in the state have arrested more than 50 other suspects for various offences including murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, child trafficking, cultism and fraud in the last one month.

State Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, CP Waheed Ayilara, disclosed this in a press conference in Uyo yesterday said the suspect, Imaobong Sampson (f) of Nung Oku Village in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Council also demanded for a ransome of N4 milion.

“On March 11, 2024, at 1000hrs, a report was received from one Enobong Sampson that her sister Imaobong Sampson was kidnapped and that the kidnappers were demanding for N4 million as ransom.

“As a result, operatives of Anti kidnapping squad of the Command embarked on an intense and intelligence driven operation, so as to trackdown the perpetrators and rescue the victim.

“On March 12, 2024, at about 2315hrs the said purported victim, one Imaobong Sampson and her boyfriend, Beltus Ebong, were arrested in a hideout at Mbierebe Obio, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA.

“She confessed to have conspired with her boyfriend, Beltus and three others to procalim her kidnap to raise money from her aunty, who is based abroad.” Ayilara explained.

The CP added that within the period, operatives of the command arrested one Okon Edet (m) of Uruting village in Okobo LGA for killing his father, Chief Okon Edet aged 75, of the same address by beating him mercilessly machete, leading to his death.

Edet alleged that the late father had sold all the land he had, including the one that he gave to him to build his house as the reason for his action.

Ayilara further said that on March 8, the operatives of anti robbery squad of the command arrested one Akanimo Akpan of Efa Ayam village in Etinan LGA, for producing adulterated fruits drink and other products.

He added that also on March 8, at about 1600hrs, one Akan Edet was arrested for using Point Of Sale (POS) to defraud innocent citizens and was to be set ablaze but was rescued by operatives of COMPOL Monitoring Unit.

He added that most of those Edet defrauded have identified him while the sum of N350, 000 cash was recovered from him at the time of arrest.

The commissioner assured that all the suspects would be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Ayilara promised thr people of the state that he would work with stakeholders to set up strategies that would address contemporary security challenges.

“Let me assure Akwa Ibom people that the Command under my watch will collaborate with stakeholders in harnessing available resources to ensure that the State continue to remain the most peaceful.” He said

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