Enter the police Cross River said a robbery attack at an old-generation bank in the state capital had been foiled on Friday, as residents of the city and the world were preparing for Christmas.
Cross River Police Commissioner Sule Balarabe, who confirmed the incident, said the command had arrested four suspects in connection with the planned botched attack.
Josu Samuel, 22, named the suspects; innocent Edom, 20; Samuel Okon, 28; and Mohammed Salisuk, 29.
The commissioner, however, stated that five of the suspected bank robbers were at large.
Mr. Balarabe said the nine-member robbery gang was terrorizing the city before arresting the four suspects.
”Based on credible intelligence, Supol, who is in charge of the EPZ (Export Processing Zone), mobilized a tactical team and stormed the bank, apprehending four of the nine suspects.
“The four arrested suspects were those who were doing espionage (surveillance) waiting for the five armed men who were standing outside to strike.
“During preliminary interrogation, the suspects confessed that they were on a spying mission to inform other gang members when to hit and rob the bank,” he said.
He assured that the fleeing suspects would be apprehended by the commandos soon.
Mr. Balabare warned the criminals, who were intent on wreaking havoc, to leave the town or remain law abiding, as they would be dealt with mercilessly.
“All our tactical team leaders, DPOs are on red alert to deal decisively with criminal elements anywhere in the state, within the ambit of the law and in the most professional manner.
“My officers and men have strengthened the police in a holistic manner across the state.
“To achieve this task, the command has carried out massive deployment of personnel and equipment in critical infrastructure, recreational centers and aggressively targeted vehicle/foot patrols before, during and after the festivities,” he said.
In the same way, the Police warned the concessionaires and users of fireworks to refrain during the Christmas season.
He appealed to guardians and parents not to allow their neighborhoods to patronize fireworks sellers.
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