Ex-militant, 4 Others Arrested for Arms Supply to Boko Haram


An ex-Niger Delta militant, Anietie Etim and four others who allegedly specialise in buying arms in Bakassi Peninsula for supply to the Boko Haram insurgents in the north have been arrested by the Police.

Other accomplices in the gun running business include Lawal Bako, Abdullahi Isa, Umaru Haruna and Alhaji Ahmadu all from Taraba State. They carefully constructed a special tank at the booth of an Audi salon car where they conceal arms for shipment to the north.
Also, the Police foiled the sale of a 13 year old boy, Richard Bassey for N1.5 million by a man simply referred to as Gentle Moses, 20, of Ididep, Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State was arrested at Bogobiri, Calabar while negotiating to sell the boy.
According to the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kola Shodipo, luck ran out on them when they were arrested following a tip off. Recovered from them while negotiating to buy some AK 47 rifles was N300,000 cash, an Audi 80 [EA 80 ABC, Abuja] and a Mercedes Benz 190 [PU 854 AAA, Lagos].

Shodipo while parading the suspects who had confessed to the crime, described Anietie Etim as the link man at Ikang community in Bakassi Local Government Area who sources for the arms for sale to buyers. He said Etim owned the Mercedes 190 car and has no visible means of livelihood except crime.

He commended the gallantry of his men and warned criminals to stay clear of Cross River State as the police under his leadership was not prepared to allow the state become a fertile ground for robbery operations and other crimes. He assumed duties in the state a few months ago.

But THISDAY gathered that four other members of the gun running syndicate escaped arrest and were being trailed by the police. The Audi car had an extra tank constructed for fuel so that once they take off from Bakassi they won’t stop to re-fuel till they get to their destination.

Also arrested is a gang of armed robbers who on July 13, 2013 robbed ‘B’ System Supermarket at No. 14 Diamond Hill, Calabar where they carted away cash and other valuables. Similarly, on July 20, 2013 at about 8.30 pm, a pharmacy shop on N0. 75 Ndidem Usang Iso Road, Calabar belonging to one Babatunde Busari was robbed with cash and High lander Jeep taken away.

Shodipo said four robbers took part in the operation using a Golf Car but “upon information and grim determination to smash this deadly gang, my officers and men set out to work and the following robbery suspects who took part in the above cases were apprehended on July 24, 2013. 

“They are Hopeman Etim, 22; Edem Effiong Ettah, 21; Ofem Odinta, 21; Edmond Ubi Arikpo, 27 and Okorn Okorn Obla. The first two suspects reside in Calabar, the third in Abi Local Government Area and the last two in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area.”

Items recovered from them include one locally made pistol and Catridges; one High Lander Jeep; 20 assorted handsets; two unregistered Qlink motorcycles; two flat 32 inches screen TV [LG and Samsung]; two electric welding machines and one Fireman generator.

The police have also arrested a student of Army Day Secondary School Eburutu Barracks, Calabar, Godwin Udo Ekpo, 20, who conspired with his secret cult friend, Francis Jonah, 19 of Technical Secondary School Ikot Effanga Mpka, Calabar to stab to death Boniface Odinaka, Labour Prefect of Ekpo’s school following a little fracas in the school.

Ekpo told journalists that he collected a dagger from Francis to stab Odinaka and blamed it on the devil saying he did not know what came over him to commit such a crime. Ekpo and his friend Francis belong to Sky Low and Vikings Cult groups in Calabar respectively.
The police commissioner said all the suspects will soon appear in court while a manhunt has begun for those on the run.


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