By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
A 56 year old man, Kingsley Udoyen has been paraded by police in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for impersonating to be a senior police officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).
Briefing journalists on Thursday at the command headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Kimo said the suspect who resides at No. 3 Stadium Road, Abak Local Government Area of the state was arrested on the 2nd of this month through intelligent information by detectives.
CP Kimo said, Kingsley before his arrest had been using the position to defraud and threaten unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables.
“A search in his house led to recovery of one English pistol without magazine and ammunition, portraits of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), three pairs of police uniforms, police belt, fake police ID card, and documents from the suspect”, CP Kimo added.
Also paraded were other suspects including women arrested for various criminal offences including kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, murder and vandalization of public property as well as child defilement and stealing.
One of them is Joseph Akpanowo who was arrested on January 18 for stealing his one year and four months old daughter, Miss Goodness Joseph and sold her to one Nyakno Uwa who resides at Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the cost of one hundred and fifty thousand Naira (N150,000.00).
The CP said during the investigation, the sum of One hundred and twenty-five thousand, five hundred Naira (N125,500.00) was recovered from him as balance from the proceeds.
According to CP Kimo, the children recovered have been reunited with their parents, adding that all the suspects have confessed to the crimes and would be soon be charged to court.
CP Kimo who commended the state government and people of the state including the media for their supports assisting the police to fight crimes in Akwa Ibom, reiterated the command commitment to ensure a zero crime rate in the state, which he added still remains one of the most peaceful states in the country.
Meanwhile, when interviewed, Mr. Kingsley Udoyen who impersonated as senior police officer said he was dismissed from police force in 2007 after being found to have been in illegal jobs.
“I am 56 years old and hailed from Ikono local government area, married with four children. I was dismissed in 2007 as Superintendent of Police while I was Lagos after being investigated and found that I was involved in illegal job. In 2008, I left Lagos for Calabar where I met one Glory Etim and we became friends. She is a serving police officer who sows some of the uniforms for me.”
On the mode of his operations, Kingsley added, “I operate by offering to help someone that wants to buy cars like jeep in places like Coconut and Ojulegba area of Lagos state since I knew the area very well having stayed there, thereby dumped them of their money.”
New Nigerian observed that one operative of the state command of the police force suspected to be a partner in crime with Mr. Kingsley, whom he has been using her bank account number to defraud unsuspected members of the public was also arrested and paraded before the press.
In another development, the police commissioner, CP Musa Kimo has dismissed as false the allegation making the rounds in the state that the police command in the state was planning to set up Anti-terrorism Unit in other to use same and rig the 2019 general elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Rather, he said, “As a Command, we are committed to free, fair and credible elections. We shall remain non-partisan, apolitical and transparent. We will continue to respect Human Rights and perform our duties in a professional manner and with the fear of God.”
He however called on politicians and other people from the state to eschew the politics of bitterness and thuggery, and embrace peace and civility as the 2019 elections approaches, stressing that the command would not hesitate to deal with anybody found wanting and whose conducts would amount to disturbing the public peace.