The Cross River Police Command has paraded 41 suspects including one Mrs. Martina Eneji, a suspected car thief in Calabar.
The State Commissioner of Police Sikiru Akande, while parading the suspects on Tuesday said Eneji was intercepted on Monday, July 26 by the command’s patrol team, Operation Puff Adder.
He said an ash-coloured car with registration number UDU 333 AA, was stolen in November 2020 at Charles Luanga Catholic Church, Essien Town, Calabar.
“On July 26, 2021, at about 8.10 pm the patrol team of Operation Puff Adder while on routine patrol intercepted two occupants of a Toyota Camry owned by Agladima Akwagiora that was stolen in November 2020.“The suspects who are one Mrs. Martina Eneji and Mohammed Sani allegedly stole the car from St. Luanga Catholic Church in Essien Town.
“Investigation is ongoing to establish the level of their involvement and apprehend their cohorts,” he said.
Akande added that among the items recovered from the suspects were five locally-made pistols, two locally-made rifles, five machetes, 11 cartridges, wraps of illicit drugs and other items.
He commended Governor Ben Ayade for supporting the police in the state which has yielded relative peace.
Speaking to journalists, the suspect Eneji said her son bought the car from someone unknown to him that the car was stolen.
According to her, her son travelled to the village for a burial ceremony and would be back to explain himself.
“I plead with the police to release me and let me go since the owner of the car has seen his car and let us settle amicably,” she said.