Police neutralise ‘notorious’ armed robber in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Police command said it had neutralized a notorious armed robber, one Wisdom Sunday Akpan, who has been on its wanted list over time.

The police said the armed robber killed by operatives of the Command’s Special Weapons And Tactics Team, who were attempting to arrest him, was a remnant of a dreaded armed robbery gang, led by the late Malachi Uwem Friday.

This was contained in a statement on Friday, in Uyo by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon titled “Akwa Ibom Police Neutralised Notorious Armed Robber Wisdom Sunday Akpan”

According to the statement, the deceased armed robber was responsible for the murder of about 13 persons and maiming of 22 others whom he had dispossessed.

The statement reads in part, “One of the most deadly armed robbers in the Akwa Ibom State Police Command wanted list, responsible for the murder of about thirteen (13) persons, and shooting of about twenty-two (22) others, who has dispossessed innocent Akwa Ibomites, mostly Residents of Ikot Ambang, Ikot Efun, Ikot Inuan, Itak, Ikot Osukpong, Okobo Ibiono, etc in Ibiono LGA and parts of Uyo LGA, one Wisdom Sunday Akpan has been neutralised by Operatives of the Command’s Special Weapons And Tactics Team while he was out for operation.

“The said Wisdom, who shot at Police Operatives while attempting to arrest him, is a remnant of a dreaded armed robbery gang, led by the late Malachi Uwem Friday.

“On 22nd July, he murdered one Nsikan Vincent Udo of Ikot Inua village at Ikot Efun junction and drove away with his new Q-link motorcycle

“On the 8th of July, he shot and injured one Jesse Johnson and two others in a POS Shop at Ikot Ambang junction. while on the 5th of the same month, he shot and maimed one Augustina Dominic at her Supermarket.

“Many POS Operators, filling Stations, Supermarket Owners, market Men and Women have been dispossessed of millions of naira by Wisdom who succeeded in spreading a lot of fear before meeting his Waterloo.

“Exhibits recovered from him are a locally reconstructed pump Action with the look of an AK-47, cartridges, a Q-link motorcycle, assorted charms, a mask, etc”.

Meanwhile , the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, CP Olatoye Durosinmi, thanked the Citizens of the State for providing useful information that led to the murder of the armed robber.

He, however, warned criminal elements in the State to leave the State immediately or get ready to dance the new song.