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Akwa Ibom State – Police Nab Four Suspected Militants with Explosives

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Posted: Aug 23, 2016 at 5:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command at the weekend paraded three suspected militants earlier arrested with explosive devices in various parts of the state.

Checks by Independent show that the arrest is coming seven days, after militants issued a seven-day ultimatum, calling on the management of ExxonMobil to relocate its headquarters to Akwa Ibom.

The suspects: Nelson Seimiyefa (m), 34, from Bayelsa state, Victor William (M), 34 from Etinan, Akwa Ibom and Nsebong Dickson (m), 38 from Eket, Akwa Ibom were arrested from their hotel hideout in Eket.

Murtala Mani, police commissioner for the state told journalists in Uyo that the suspects were planning to attack oil and gas pipelines in the state.

His words:  “The suspects were arrested with two high powered IED bombs measured at 60/8.5cm+ 44/5.5cm, one long single high powered propel launcher bomb measured at 78/4.5cm”.

The explosive devices are capable ?of destroying from any length and height, any high pressured power or oil pipe line facility and human beings,” ?he said.

Other items recovered, according to the ?state police boss, included a battery to enable current initiation for explosion.

Mani said that the batteries were wrapped with red fabrics.

Represented by ASP Cordelia Nwawe, police public relations officer for the command, Mani explained that the arrest of the suspects was made through an intelligent tip off.

He reiterated his avowed commitment to rid the state of all forms of criminality and any form of renewed militancy.

“The three young men would tell you what they were doing in Akwa Ibom. We found them at the Eket axis. Three of them were actually planning to vandalize pipelines in Akwa Ibom.

“The police will continue to be proactive as I promise to keep Akwa Ibom safe. At the expense of our lives we will continue to do our best to ensure safety of the people,” he said.

He however charged members of the public to report suspected movements around them to the police for prompt and necessary investigation and action, adding that the fight towards a crime-free state ?must continue to be collective.

In his reactions, Nelson Seimiyefa, one of the suspected militants from Bayelsa State admitted that he is an ex-militant, but denied ?the allegation of intention to attack, claiming he was arrested in error.

His words:  “I came to Eket to see my girlfriend; we have been dating for some time now and have only been talking on phone. She is the woman I want to marry”.

So I decided to come and meet her for the first time, we lodged in that hotel, I am a child of God and have no further business with militancy,” he stated.

The suspects who all claimed to have been arrested in error said they were victims of mass arrest and wondered why only three out of the number arrested were paraded, with veils on their faces.