The Cross River State Police Command has received 14 suspects, presented to them by 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar.
Thirteen of the suspects are males, while the other is a female. They were arrested by the newly-launched security outfit, Operation Akpakwu.
Briefing journalists while handing over the suspects, the Commander of the 13 Brigade, Brig. Gen. Muhammed Abdullahi, said they were arrested in the past few weeks.
Abdullahi, who spoke through the Officer-in-Charge 13 Brigade Military Police, Major Samuel Peluola, named the suspects to include Charles Akpan Sunday, Azeez Lasisi, Kelvin Bassey, Gabriel Okon, Christopher Edem, Freedom Umoh, Etim Itam and Effiong Inyang.
Others are Saviour David, Benjamin Daniel, Isaac Michael, Augustine Imeh, Jeremiah Archibong and Magdalene Edem.
Peluola stated, “Charles Sunday’s house was searched on November 15, 2020, around 10.55 am and a locally-made pistol was found on him.
“Similarly, Azeez Lasisi, Kelvin Bassey and Gabriel Okon were arrested in a hotel in Calabar. Their arrest followed a tip-off by the hotel’s proprietor and on getting to the scene, bloodstains were observed; the suspects were with cutlasses and confessed to being members of Baga cult.
“Freedom Umoh and Etim Itam were arrested on December 7 following a tip-off by youths of the community and they confessed to being members of Baga cult and armed robbers.
“Effiong Inyang and Saviour David were arrested on their way from their shrine to their residence, and during a stop-and-search, assorted charms were found in their possession.