An angry Youth snatched riffle from a Policeman for alleged collection of bribe at Akwa ibom/C.river

The Nigerian police force (NPF) has received an AK-47 service rifle snatched from one of their operatives at Itu-Odukpani bridge, the boundary between Cross River State and Akwa Ibom State.

Mr. Esin in company of
Hon. Enefiok Inyang
returning the riffle

Reporters gathered that the rifle was snatched from one of the police personnel attached to the Cross River State Covid-19 Interstate Movement Enforcement Team positioned at the bridge head.

The unknown youth who was alleged to be angry over an alleged collection of bribe by the policemen positioned at the boundary for enforcement of the restriction on interstate movement, mobilised and snatched the rifle from the unnamed police officer. The incident which happened on Thursday, June 11 led to crisis in the area.

The youths from Cross River State was said to have been infuriated by the security agent's assortment of bribe from passengers from Akwa Ibom State, a state with confirmed cases of COVID-19 into Cross River State, thereby exposing them to the risk of contracting the virus.

A youth from Oku-Iboku in Akwa Ibom State, a boundary town at the bridge told Reporters on condition of anonymity that security agents and other members of the enforcement team collects between N500 to N5,000 to allow passengers from Akwa Ibom State into Cross River State.

Unhappy with the development, the Vice Chairman of Odukpani Local Government Area, Hon. Enefiok Inyang, with the help of the police, launched an investigation into the incident which led to the recovery of the riffle.

Reports say the incident led to casualties but Reporters could not independently verify this claim.

Mr. Esin receiving the
 recovered riffle

However, the State Security Adviser – South, Mr. Ani Esin in company of the Vice-Chairman of Odukpani Local Government, Hon. Enefiok Inyang presented the snatched rifle to the Mobile Police (MOPOL) 11 Commander, ACP Kabiru T. Salisu at Odukpani, Cross River State.

Speaking while returning the rifle to the MOPOL 11 Commander ACP Kabiru T. Salisu, Mr. Ani assured the Nigerian Police Force of the State's commitment to foster and strengthen the relationship between the State and the force.

Receiving the riffle on behalf of the MOPOL 11 Commander, CSP Mohammed Zakari Ya'u commended the State Government foits's prompt response to resolve the issue and more remarkably, in a peaceful manner.


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