Armed hoodlums attack two Police operatives, free arrested Suspect

Two undercover policemen on a mission to arrest a wanted cult leader and notorious armed robber were attacked when they embarked on a discreet mission to arrest a wanted criminal identified as Udo at Ibong Ikot Akpan Abasi Village, Otoro Clan in Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

According to LEADERSHIP,  it was gathered that the two officers from the Abak Divisional Headquarters escaped instant lynching following several machetes cuts when hoodlums attacked them after the arrested suspect raised the alarm of being kidnapped by the armed plain clothed officers with unmarked vehicle.

A resident feared that the victims stood no chance of survival considering the severity of the attack as well as the dangerous weapons used by the thugs against the policemen.

“The two officers had gone to Ibong Ikot Akpan Abasi Village, Otoro Clan in Abak Local Government Area to arrest a wanted criminal simply identified as Udo.

“The officers who went to effect the arrest in a private car, succeeded in carrying out the arrest of the suspect and were on their way back to the station, when their vehicle developed a fault.

“This prompted the wanted criminal to raise the alarm that he was being kidnapped by unknown persons. The alarm raised attracted youths of the community to mobilise, rescued him and then turned to attack the two officers with machetes and other offensive weapons.

The severe attack was so brutal to the extent that despite the fact that they presented their identity cards, nobody could take them serious because of their civilian outlook with their vehicle unmarked.

“Therefore, it would be a miracle if they survived such bloody attack which left them with bruises all over their bodies before they were evacuated to the hospital after intervention from the Paramount Ruler of Abak, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Obong Saviour Udofia, he took them to the hospital for treatment,” a residents told our correspondent under anonymity.

Confirming the incident, the outgoing Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Odiko MacDon who spoke to LEADERSHIP, said the affected Officers are responding to treatment in an undisclosed hospital, vowing that no stone would be left unturned in fishing out the perpetrators and the other collaborators.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Waheed Ayilara, with zero tolerance for crime of any sort, has since ordered a high – powered investigation team to work collaboratively with other security agencies in a joint operation to re-arrest the wanted criminal kingpin, and other perpetrators involved in the attack.

“The two Officers were undercover Policemen acting on intelligence to arrest a notorious criminal on wanted list. They (the policemen) are currently receiving treatment. The CP has mobilised tactical operatives to fish out and re-arrest the fleeing criminal and other collaborators. In no distant time, he will be made to face the full weight of the law along with other accomplices,” he assured.

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