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Cross River State Police Command Parades 21 Suspects, Pledges Visibility Policing In The State

The Cross River State Police Command on Thursday at its headquarters in Calabar paraded 21 suspects for their alleged involvement in various crimes.

Among the suspects paraded by the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Sule Balarabe, were four notorious kidnappers, and two dreaded armed robbers/cultists, among several others.

The police also recovered dangerous weapons from the suspects, including one AK46 riffle, three locally made pistols, one G3 riffle, seven locally made single barrel guns also with several manufacturer accessories, a telecommunication gadget, one live cartridge, three empty cartridges and substances suspected to be hard drugs and pieces of charms, often used by the suspected criminals during their deadly operations.

Speaking on the issue, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Balarabe, stated that suspects will be charged to court, but couldn’t tell journalists how many convictions the command has achieved in the last year.

However, the CP pledged the command’s willingness to increase visibility policing in the state, improve inter-agency partnership, intelligence sharing, confidence-building patrols and heightened surveillance activities to drastically check crime wave in the state.

The Police Command however kept mum on the kidnap of the Cross River State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Associate Prof. Gertrude Njar who was abducted to an unknown destination by unknown gunmen two days ago.

The Women Affairs commissioner, who also lectures at the University of Calabar, was said to have been abducted by gunmen along Maybe Avenue, in Calabar South Local Government Area of the state capital, with her car abandoned somewhere in the capital city.

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