Fake ACP, child theft syndicate, others arrested in Akwa-Ibom

The police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested 213 suspects for various crimes including a fake Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and a three-member child theft syndicate.


Speaking, yesterday, in Uyo at a press conference, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, said the fake ACP, one Kingsley Udoyen, 56, has been presenting himself as a senior police officer for 12 years.

“A search in his house led to the 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 uniforms, police belt, fake Police ID card, and other documents,” he said.

The suspect reportedly said he was dismissed from the Police in 2007 as a superintendent because he was involved in illegal business, adding that his female friend, a serving police officer assisted him in getting the police uniforms he used in posing as a police officer.

The CP further stated that a 29-year-old security man, Joseph Effiong, was also arrested for luring a four-year-old girl to an uncompleted building and defiling her on January 13 while Joseph Essien was arrested for defiling his 13-year-old step daughter.

He added that Edet Inyang was arrested for defiling a 10-year-old girl and subsequently abandoning her in Use Offot market square in Uyo.

According to the CP, the police also smashed a three-member child theft syndicate for stealing a 15-month-old baby at Ekom Iman junction.

He added that a man, Joseph Akpanowo, was arrested for selling his one-year-old daughter for N150,000.

He added that seven robbery suspects, a tricycle thief, two murder suspects, nine cultists and seven vandals were among those arrested.

“A total of 213 suspects were arrested during the period under review, 111 were charged to court, while some are undergoing investigation. Those not culpable were released. The command secured 18 convictions.

“The suspects arrested committed offenses ranging from murder, kidnapping, defilement, theft and armed robbery,” he said.