One of the victims, Sergeant Godspower Okoi
The Police Command in Cross River State has apprehended five suspects in connection with the gruesome killing of four police officers in Calabar, the state capital.
Recall that Lodgexpress reported yesterday, February 25, that gunmen murdered the officers in the early hours of Thursday along with MCC -Idundu road, Etab Ayip axis, Calabar Municipality Local Government.
CP Sikiru Akande, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in his office, stated that the four policemen on mufti were killed and that five persons have been apprehended already in connection with the tragic killing.
“Their target is to dampen our spirit. But we are resolute and we are going to strike back at them. It is often said, he who laughs last laughs best; Let Cross River People wait for that last laugh. It will make us happier.” he stated.
“We have arrested five persons who are connected with the development. We will still arrest more. We had an inkling that it is a group of suspected cultists that are working hard to get weapons for their initiation that is coming up very soon. So, in four days maximum, we will get all of those involve in this dastardly act,”
Akande who spoke further, said the Police has recovered some of the weapons that were taken at the spot. He also disclosed that the checkpoint that was attacked was not known to the State Police command headquarters.
“If it was known to us we would have found a way of giving them cover. That checkpoint is not this Command’s arrangement. If you were there you will see that they were in mufti. By God’s Grace, we will get all our guns back. It is only the lives we will not get back. For the names of the officers, we have to inform the family first before making the names public. I want to assure you that our spirit is not dampened. In fact, we are going to continue to work very hard after the incident,” Akande assured.
Meanwhile, the deceased police officers have been identified. They are Inspector Samuel John with AP. NO 412921, Inspector Abam Otu with AP. NO 179441, Sergeant Abang Ajie with F/NO 477144 and Sergeant Godspower Okoi with F/NO 479139.