The Cross River Police Command has rescued three robbery suspects from being lynched by an angry mob, The Punch reports.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo said the suspects who were part of five paraded on Thursday, were rescued after the police received distress call from concerned residents.
They were accused of stealing N250,000 from one Otamba Gabby along Parliamentary Road in Calabar.
Ugbo explained that the suspects, Augustine Ani, John Okonkwo and Jennifer Abel, stood in front of the First Bank branch on Marian Road to monitor those who came out with large sums of money.
“On November 23, one Otamba Gabby went to the bank to withdraw the sum of N250,000. He boarded a taxi when he came out.
“However, he did not know that the occupants of the taxi were fraudsters. While in the taxi, he noticed that the money with him has been turned into pieces of papers that were neatly cut to the size of naira notes.
“He subsequently raised the alarm which attracted members of the public who got hold of them. They were about being lynched before the intervention of the police patrol team which rescued them. One blue Volkswagen with number plate, Abia ACH 564LU, and three bundles of papers cut to the size of naira notes were recovered.
“The suspects will soon be charged to court. The war against crime and criminality in the state is a continuous process that requires the collaborative efforts of all.”
Ugbo also said the two other suspects, identified as Nathaniel Ijabu and James Anika, were arrested on November 21 after they robbed an expatriate on Murtala Muhammed Highway in Calabar.
“On November 21, an expatriate in Calabar was attacked by a group of armed boys. The bad boys collected his Samsung G7 Galaxy phone, a wallet containing one dollar and Nokia phone. The suspects have confessed to the crime and investigation is still ongoing,” she said.