Police have arrested two armed robbery suspects who tried to burn their victims alive while robbing a household in Calabar.
The Cross River State Police Commissioner, Abdulkadir Jimoh, who disclosed this to journalists on Saturday, said a kidnap victim was also rescued with the assistance of the community while the kidnappers escaped as the police were on their trail.
The robbery suspects allegedly poured fuel on the victims and threatened to set them ablaze if they raised an alarm.
The suspects are 22-year-old Oke Sheriff and 35-year-old Eyo Nsa Etim. They have confessed to the crime and will be charged to Court.
Jimoh said despite the challenging situation in the country, his men would do their job and effectively police the state.
He also said five suspects were arrested for armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms, cultism and looting.
Among the suspects were the two armed robbery suspects who tried to burn their victims alive while being robbed at State Housing Estate, Calabar Municipality.
According to the Commissioner, during a discreet investigation, it was revealed that the suspects jumped into their victims’ compound, entered through the kitchen, and injured the children with a knife.
He said the suspects also tied their victims, poured fuel on their bed and their body, threatened to set them ablaze if they raised an alarm, but they struggled with the robbers and alerted their parents who came in and overpowered the suspects and then called the police.
Jimoh said, “Our creed is not only waging war on criminals as well as detection and prevention of crime but also
putting up valiant measures to ensure that relative peace is experienced in all facets of life especially this period of security challenges.
“Let me assure residents that this command’s resolve to conscientiously operate within the principles of justice, fairness, and equity as enshrined in the established laws of the state and the federation is of utmost importance.
“Within the period under review, the Command in her efforts to rid and bring crime to its barest minimum recorded some achievements.
“They include the arrest of armed robbery suspects, rescue of a kidnap victim, arrest of suspects for unlawful possession of firearms and sundry crime.
“At this juncture, the Command enjoins all and sundry to be wary, conscious and proactive of the happenings in their respective environments, whether residential or recreational centres at all times,” he said.
Jimoh said they rescued Emmanuel Akpan at Ebuka Ebuka street in Calabar South LGA while he was being abducted by hoodlums.