By Patrick Odey
The Akwa Ibom State police command has introduced a new security plan tagged “Operation Impact.”
Don Awunah, the state commissioner of police made this known while addressing journalists in in Uyo, the state capital.
“Operation Impact,” Mr. Awunah said, is a strategy aimed at tackling kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and car snatching, which he said have been on the increase in the state.
He said the new security initiative has already started yielding tangible results.
“In a few days following the launch of ‘Operation Impact,’ the gains are huge and encouraging particularly in Ikot Ikpene Area Police Command,” Mr. Awunah said.
He said new security arrangement has helped the command track down kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists.
According to him, a notorious kidnap gang has been smashed leading to the rescue of a Catholic priest, who was kidnapped last week in Ikot-Etim village in Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state.
The new initiative, he said, has also aided the arrest of a robbery suspect, Ekereuwem Victor, who, he said specialises in snatching motorcycles.
The police boss said the operation also led to the arrest of six suspects, who have confirmed membership of various cult groups.
Mr. Awunah said a suspected criminal specialising in car snatching and another who specialises in vandalising street lights, were also arrested.
He attributed the feat to the good will of the people of the state especially the press, the traditional and religious leaders and called on the people to report any suspicious people to the police.
While parading the suspected criminals, the police boss said they will be charged to court after investigations are concluded.