The Evangelist News edition, April, 2023. By Iniobong Ekponta
Akwa Ibom State Police Command has taken over investigation of the gruesome murder of one of its Special Constabularies, Uwem Cletus, attached to his community, Ikot Abasi Akpan, in Mkpat Enin local government area of the state.
This paper gathered that the late special constabulary, who served as a security liaison in the cult – infested Mkpat Enin communities where cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes have been rife for some years now, was seized by the local bandits, who beheaded him and later dumped his remains in a community well, for allegedly working as police informant.
However, the police public relations officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, speaking in an interview with journalists in Uyo, the state capital, said the commissioner of Police (CP), Olatoye Durosinmi, was very disturbed by the sad incident and had since mobilized operatives of the command to comb for the perpetrators in their various hideouts to face the law.
He said: “The late Uwem Cletus, was one of our special constabularies. When we got that report, first , he was declared missing, and the police sent a search party, it was during the investigation that we unraveled the fact that he was beheaded and thrown into a well.
“Our condolences had since gone out to the family, but on receipt of that information, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Olatoye Durosinmi, became very miffed at such development, but as I speak, we are getting close to something that I wouldn’t want to discuss here.
“The commissioner has ordered a discreet investigation, so in no distant time all those that perpetrated that act will be brought to book; watch and see, we will show them to the world that this is what they have done. We condole with the family members, we promised never to fold our hands as the State Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has taken over the matter.”
MacDon, who expressed dismay at gross manpower shortage in the Police Force, reiterated the need for community policing to engage local community dwellers towards all – round policing of the state.