The Cross River State police command, on Tuesday night, foiled the operation of some suspected cultists in Calabar, killing two in the ensuing gun battle.
According to the command’s deputy commissioner of police in charge of administration, DCP Tunde Gbolarumi, during a press briefing in Calabar, the incident occurred along Bogobori by Queen Duke Junction at 2100 hours.
In a related development, at another location in the metropolis, two police operatives were on the same day feared dead in a midnight attack on its patrol vans by some hoodlums, suspected to be cultists
An eyewitness in the area told LEADERSHIP that the suspected cultists, numbering over 20, also set two security patrol vehicles ablaze during the sudden attack.
According to the resident, who proffered anonymity, “The over twenty suspected cultists were taking a revenge on the security operatives for attacking them earlier in the day and preventing their free for all fight with a rival cult group.
He said there were sustained shootings between the cultists and the policemen which eventually led to the death of one of the cultist, and two policemen.
But, the police command, through DCP Gbolarumi, in her quarterly briefing, told newsmen that only one of its personnel; Inspector Edet Archibong, was gunned down in the attack.
He, however, disclosed that one other police personnel; Sergeant Awo Obongha sustained injury in the attack and he is currently receiving treatment in a near hospital.
“At about 2100hrs, some cult boys numbering more than 50, engaged Atakpa division patrol men in serious gun battle along Bogobiri by Queen Duke junction, in the process of exchange of firing, two cult boys were hit, one arrested alive.
“In another development, while men of X-squad unit/Operation Skolombo, were on a patrol at Ikwa street, off Iyamba street, Calabar, they were attacked by some hoodlums suspected to be cultists. One Inspector Edet Archibong was shot and later died, while Sgt Awo Obongha is still receiving treatment at UCTH. Two patrol vehicles were set ablaze by the hoodlums.
“So far, a total number of eight (8) suspects were arrested in connected with the crime. Investigation is ongoing, suspects will soon be charged to court”, he said.
The commissioner explained that within the period under review, a total of 22 suspects; comprising cultists, kidnappers, one chance syndicates and armed robbers were arrested.
He solicited the cooperation of the public in the fight against crime, encouraging those with issues against the criminals to lodge their complaints at any of the nearest police divisions or its headquarters.