A chief priest, Etim Udom and two others have been arrested by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC for buying items vandalized in their outpost in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Mr. Solomon Eremi, the PRO of NSCDC, Cross River State command said this when he briefed newsmen on Thursday in Calabar.
Eremi said the suspects led by one Otu Effiong -Otu, a notorious cultist who was involved in the destruction of property during the #ENDSARS protest in Akpabuyo broke into NSCDC outpost in Akpabuyo and vandalized panel doors, burglaries, toilet seats, a generator, cable wires and three motor-cycles which prompted the state commandant, Mr. Samuel Fadeyi to order a sting operation that led to the arrest of the culprits after due investigation.
The PRO revealed that the chief priest was involved in preparing the charms for the suspects whenever they embark on any criminal mission in the area. They stole the items and sold them to the Chief priest from where they were recovered by officials of NSCDC in his shrine.
Speaking with newsmen during the parade of the suspects, the NSCDC said the Commandant-General, Dr. Ahmed Audi has read out a riot act that every case of vandalism must be handled with utmost seriousness and advised young men to channel their energy into meaningful and productive ventures instead of engaging in vandalism of government assets and infrastructures.
In their confessional statements, the suspects Chief Priest Udom and Effiong Otu confessed to the crime saying that poverty led them into the act and pleaded with the NSCDC to pardon them.
By: Archibong Emmanuel