By Charles Nwabardi
Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Tactical Team in Akwa Ibom State have arrested one Eddy Etim Onuka, a youth leader and four members of his gang for alleged kidnapping and murder in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who disclosed this at a media briefing over the weekend  while parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Ikot Akpana-Abia, said the suspects confessed to using AK-47 rifles during their operations.
Macdon said Onuka, a native of Oron LGA and youth leader of the Rice Miller Association, Oron, masterminded the two kidnap incidents one of which involved one Emmanuel whom they shot while trying to resist them and another Aniekan whom they succeeded and collected over N20 million from him.
“This is a clear case of kidnapping and it is a very unfortunate one. They went to abduct one Mr. Emmanuel who sells engine parts and when they got there, the man resisted the kidnap and they shot him. They and some other members of the gang have been at large but Eddy Onuka here was their leader. By the grace of God the Special Tactical Team of IGP moved in and effected arrest. This was the first incident.
“The second incident, the same Eddy led members of the same kidnapping syndicate and they succeeded this time around in abducting one Aniekan and collected over N20 million from him as ransom.
“He (Eddy) got N1.2 million which he used in buying another car. His vehicle was used in committing the crime. They confessed to the fact that they used AK 47 in that particular operation,” Macdon said.

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