By Our Reporter
The Cross River state Police Command has paraded six suspected kidnappers who allegedly abducted Mrs Ekwele Agube, wife of Hon. Justice Ignatius Agube of the Appeal Court, Enugu and kept her captivity for 14 days after killing her aide, Mrs Glory Akpama.
The Police also paraded a man, Okon Asuquo, suspected to have been among people who butchered and ate those captured during a communal war at Odupkani local government area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulkadir Jimoh, who paraded the suspects with 32 others, Thursday, in Calabar, said “Sequel to the kidnapping of Mrs Agube and killing of her aide, Mrs Glory Akpama, Intelligence Response Team Operatives were deployed to assist the Commissioner of Police in Cross River state.
“The Team arrested six of the notorious robbers including the gang leader and recovered two locally made pistols. The suspects confessed to the crime and their involvement in the kidnapping of many other citizens in the state.
“On 31st July, 2020, at about 1640 Hrs, upon a tip off, one Okon Asuquo, AKA Akon, ‘m’ age 31 years was arrested while going to buy AK 47 ammunition in preparation for a communal war. Items recovered are assorted charms.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed to belonging to Klans (KK) confraternity cult and equally admitted committing various heinous crimes. He will be charged to court after this exercise.”
The Commissioner also showed to Journalists a video footage of how human beings were cut into little pieces, with the alleged involvement of Asuquo. He said the suspect and those in the video footages, who are now at large, may have been involved in cannibalism.
He gave a breakdown of the paraded suspects to include 10 robbery cases, 6 kidnapping, 6 cultists, 3 sea pirates, 5 murderers, 2 rapists and one drug vendor, explaining that 8 firearms and 5 ammunition were also recovered from the suspects. He urged members of the public to join hands with the police to fight the crimes and criminalities in the state.
In an interview, the kidnap gang leader, Nse Bassey, alias the Lion, told newsmen that his team got the information about Mrs Agube from a friend who told them to kidnap the Judge’s wife.
He said the boat driver who conveyed their victim to the creeks was given N100,000 while their informant was given N70,000. He was reluctant to mention how much was paid as ransom before Mrs Agube was released.
On his part, the suspected murderer, Asuquo, said he was present when the persons in the video footages were butchered but that he did not take part in the killing, but did not explain what happened to the dismembered body parts.
“Idim Ndom and Ekpene people invaded and burnt down our community, Mbiabo Ederi, on April 1, 2020. They killed my mother who was a teacher and we ran away to Isong Inyang Ikoneto community. Our assailant vowed that anytime we plan to bury my mother in our village, they will kill us all.
“I was in Isong Inyang Ikoneto community when they told me that youths have caught some of those people who attacked and destroyed our village so I only went to see them where they were kept but they were already killed before I arrived. I did not take part in the killing but I was there when they cut them into pieces. It was the people of Isong Inyang Ikoneto who killed those guys you watched in the video, I am from Mbiabo Ederi,” he said