Akwa Ibom State Police Command has declared one Akaninyene Jimbo Uko a.k.a “Isoakpaefit” of Ikot Ibekwe Ukanafun Local government area wanted.
Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, through the command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana, said in a press release, yesterday, that Jimbo is wanted by the Police in connection with series of kidnapping cases in Akwa Ibom State.
The police boss said: “The command is appealing to members of the public with useful information as to his whereabouts to kindly contact the nearest police station or call the following numbers 08020913810, 08039213071, 08028916010,08026418716, please”.
There have been series of killings, including the killing of traditional leaders and prominent politicians in many villages of Ukanafun local government area in the last one year. The area has also not been spared in cult related activities and kidnappings.
Last month, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command deployed the “Operation Purge” to raid notorious flash points in Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo council areas to fish out the gangsters behind series of assassinations, cultism and kidnappings.
It would be recalled that a group of unidentified gunmen, in July, attacked and killed one Aniekeme Essien, a Vice Principal in Community Secondary School, Nkek, Ukanafun.
It was learned that the late Essien had received a letter few days before his murder from the gunmen, demanding that he either paid N1million or be killed.
The same gang who killed Essien, it was gathered, was the same that killed a popular youth leaders in the area known as Paragi in June.
also in April, an educationist and proprietor of Sure Foundation Polytechnic, Idongesit Udom, was kidnapped. He was released towards the end of May after his kidnappers had amputated his right hand.
Mr Udom was on his way to a local congregation of Qua Iboe Church in his community when he was allegedly abducted by four heavily armed men traveling in a van.
Although some suspects have been arrested on account of Udom’s kidnap and other crimes in the area, one of those in police custody at the time of Udom’s release was a former chairman of Ukanafun Local Government Area, Abasiono Udomfu.
Udomfu was arrested after he went to honour police invitation at the command headquarters on account of incessant killings and kidnapping in Ukanafun,including the killing of Ime Atakpa, a former secretary of the Ukanafun council.
Prominent among those killed in Ukanafun (some said to be politically-motivated) were a former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Obong Okon Uwah; former secretary of the Ukanafun local government transition committee, Ime Atakpa; Albert Ukpanah a political stalwart, and a lawyer, Udeme Etukudo.
At the moment, residents of Nkek, Okoyo, Ikot Akpa Nkuk, Ikot Ibekwe, Idung Nneke, Ikot Udo Obobo and Ikot Udo Abia in Ukanafun, who have lived in fear over the months, are expectant that the police special teams will tackle the spate of kidnapping, murder, armed robbery and cultism in the area.