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Fake EFCC officers plotting kidnapping in Akwa Ibom arrested

Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested 4 suspected pretend Economic Financial Crimes Commission officers whereas planning to abduct and gather N150 million ransom from their sufferer (title withheld).

Parading the suspects alongside different suspects on the command headquarters in Ikot Akpanabia, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday, the Commissioner of Police, CP Waheed Ayilara, stated the principal suspect, Emmanuel Akpayak, masterminded the kidnap of the would-be sufferer whom he owed over N12 million as he tried to extort cash from him and subsequently kill him to evade reimbursement of his debt.

He listed the suspects to incorporate one Emmanuel Augustine Akpayak ‘m’ aged 27yrs, Echem Ovurizichi Weneka ‘m’ aged 27yrs, Promise Udofia ‘m’ aged 28yrs and Jeremiah Johnson Okon ‘m’ 38yrs.

According to the CP, “Investigation revealed that Emmanuel Augustine Akpayak had arranged for the kidnap and killing of the would-be victim by engaging men on arms and procuring EFCC vest/uniform for the Operation.

“Victim was invited and a search was conducted at the principal suspect’s house where four pairs of EFCC vests were recovered. Information at hand indicates that the suspect transacted the business of selling cars with the would-be victim and owed the victim about Twelve Million Naira (N12,000,000.00), inorder to evade the repayment of debt, the suspect hired armed men to kidnap, extort the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N150,000,000.00) and also kill the victim thereafter but the Operation was foiled. Suspects will have their day in court.”

In an interview with the principal suspect, Akpayak, he claimed that the intending sufferer was his enterprise affiliate to whom he owed some cash however employed ” boys” who have been issuing threats to him.

He famous that makes an attempt to make his affiliate come to a spherical desk dialogue failed therefore he resorted to getting an EFCC vest from a web-based vendor to present to his syndicate who posed as officers to arrest the person and drive him to convey N150 mllion as he alleged that the would-be sufferer is wealthy and into web fraud.

The Commissioner additionally paraded suspected advance charge fraudsters who’ve been swindling POS operators in Uyo.

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“On 21/06/2024 at about 7:00 pm, one Glory Uko Okon ‘f’ of Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan Village, Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, referred to as in by the emergency hotline and alleged that one Donald Ita Nyong ‘m’, Rex Clement Uso ‘m’ and one Kingsley Mathias Joekim POS syndicates got here to her POS stand at Udo Udoma Avenue Uyo, pretended to make a withdrawal of N10,000 and whereas she made the withdrawal to the suspects, one of many suspects gave her N3,200 to deposit into an Opay account which she tried 3 times and the transaction was unsuccessful, the suspects mounted strain on her which made her give out the POS machine to the suspect’s to kind within the account quantity and earlier than she might realise.

“The suspects had withdrawn the sum of N320,000.00 from her machine and quickly jumped into their waiting car and zoomed off. Suspects were arrested, they all made useful statements and have confessed to the crime.”

The police boss additionally paraded youngster trafficking syndicates saying that the command appearing on intelligence arrested one Michael Emmanuel Edet ‘m’, Ability Henry Tom ‘f’ and one Uwem Udoh Moses ‘f’ from their hideouts inside Ibesikpo and Aka Etinan highway for stealing a toddler (title withheld) ‘m’ 12yrs whereas he was hawking groundnut alongside Oron highway and was taken to Ovum Community in Obingwa L.G.A Abia State

He stated the kid was bought out for the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000) to 1 Loveth Nkwankwo ‘f’ of Ovum Community, Obingwa L.G.A.

He added that additional investigation led to the arrest of the stated Loveth Nkwakwo in Abia State saying that the suspects confessed to the crime and promised to assist arrest different fleeing members of their syndicate at the same time as he disclosed that the sufferer was rescued and with others.

Ayilara famous that each one suspects could be charged in courtroom on the finish of investigations and urged the individuals of Akwa Ibom to at all times present the police with helpful info that will assist in the eradication of crime and felony parts within the State.

While thanking Governor Umo Eno for his large assist to police, the Commissioner stated he shall depart no stone unturned in guaranteeing safety and peace within the state.

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