The police in Cross River State have arrested a suspected kidnapper, 37-year-old Affiong Ene Mkpang, who abducted a two-month-old boy, Imoh Okon Sunday in Bakassi local government area of the State.
The suspect however abandoned her two-year-old girl, Amanda Philip Okang at the house of the mother of the victim who went out to fetch water.
The mother of the abducted baby, Ekaette Bassey Udo had told the Police that she left the baby in her house to fetch water and upon her return; she did not see her baby again. She said, rather than see her baby boy, she saw a two-year-old baby girl.
Parading 29 suspected criminals at the Police Headquarters in Calabar, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Austin Agbonlahor said that as soon as the case was reported, detectives swung into action and arrested the suspect at Ene Edem Street, in Calabar South local government area of the State.
Agbonlahor said, “The two years old baby girl, Amanda Philip Okang has been kept with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Calabar as investigations are on to unravel the true relationship between the suspect and the abandoned two years old baby girl.”
The Commissioner listed other suspects to include: 10 armed robbery suspects, nine murder, two cultism, 2 defilement, 2 unlawful possession of firearms, one child theft and five promoters of native and communal crisis.
He listed items recovered by the Police to include: N160, 000, two bags of bush mango, Lexus RX 300 Jeep with Reg No ABC 280 LX with its ignition key, two damaged padlocks, two locally made pistols, thirty six live cartridges and one expended cartridge.
The CP, however, reassured the people of the State that the command has the capacity to deal with any miscreant or group of persons that may want to take laws into their hands or dare to harass, intimate and instil fears in the minds of Cross Riverians.
“Nevertheless, we sue for your cooperation, support and understanding by providing useful information that could lead to the arrest of these hoodlums and crime perpetrators in hiding.
“Community leaders, spiritual fathers and youth leaders are hereby enjoined to eschew bitterness and rancour that may lead to intra/inter communal clashes, destruction of lives and property or unlawful killings,” he stated.
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