The Cross River State Police command has arrested one of its officer, Inspector Nathaniel Manasseh, over alleged gunrunning and renting his riffles to notorious criminals.

The Inspector, was paraded with other suspects Egbe Friday Charkpen and John Agu at the headquarters of the state’s police in Diamond Hill, Calabar, on Tuesday, was involved in smuggling of guns in Cross River and Imo State and had not been able to give account for some arms including two AK-47 riffles. 

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Egbe Friday confessed that Nathaniel sold AK47 rifles to them.

Inspector Nathaniel

Speaking to newsmen, the alleged Inspector denied being a gunrunner, claiming that he was charmed and dispossessed of some AK-47s, including a vehicle. “I was charmed. I can’t really explain what happened and how they dispossessed me of the riffles. I am not a gunrunner.” he said

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sikiru Akande, encouraged residents of the state to assist the police with useful information that could assist in the arrest of criminals.

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 “Cross River is regaining its lost glory in the area of security.As a matter of fact, we remain the most peaceful state in Nigeria and nothing can break out our resolve. For our achievement, today is not unconnected with corporation enjoyed by well meaningful citizens, critical security stakeholders and corporate bodies that meets regularly to reevaluate our performance so far and the need for improvement that has led to what you are seeing today,” Akande stated.

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“I want to equivocally state clear that for the police to function effectively and efficiently in any developed society requires citizen’s participation, collaborative partnership and willingness of the community to constantly equip the police with useful information that can forestall unpleasant occurrence,”.

The CP revealed that amongst those apprehended include an Inspector of Police, who usually gives out his riffles on “rent” to notorious criminals and is a member of a syndicate that smuggles gun.