Akwa Ibom police command shoots four ‘Morale’ gang members to death with more arrests in Uyo


A divisional police officer (DPO) and his men have halted a gang led by one ‘Morale (Kingsley Peter) that robs travelers between Aba in Abia State and Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State. Four of the gang members were shot dead while one was arrested, according to the state police command.

The commissioner of police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, who addressed newsmen on Saturday, August 24, 2018, in Uyo, said the mood in the police command was that of excitement.

He said one member of Morale’s gang was arrested. His words: “Yesterday, being the 23rd day of August, 20018, at about 5pm, five notorious armed robbers, led by Kingsley Peter, a.k.a “Morale” who is the gang leader, using three motorcycles robbed some persons along Aba road by Ikot Osurua before proceeding to a banking area along the same road to dispossess ATM customers and shops owners. My men of Ikot Ekpene Division, led by the Divisional Police Officer, SP Benjamin Achegbani, trailed and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce shootout, four of the armed robbers were shot dead while one Akwaowo Daniel Umoren (m) of Ikot Inemme in Essien Udim Local Government Area was arrested with an AK47 with 60 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition.”

The CP said he was elated on Saturday and heartily welcomed newsmen to the special press briefing on the fight against crime and criminality in the state. “I commend the professional manner in which you balance your crime reports.”

He said the Command under his watch has recorded another great breakthrough in the fight against criminal elements in the state. Other exhibits recovered from the ‘Moralists’ were named as 5 locally made Pistols, 8 live cartridges, 2 Rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, one AK47 magazine, 3 Expended cartridges, 2 Masks, 6 Assorted Phones, Three Motorcycles.

He said physical cash of 63,000 was also recovered. “Our preliminary investigation reveals that the same armed bandits were those responsible for the robbery at Gulfsafrin Filling Station, located at Ukana, Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim LGA, close to the residence of Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON.”

He said his Command was poised to sustain its fight against every form of criminality in Akwa Ibom State and was committed to protection of lives and property. “Let me use this opportunity to thank the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State for their support to the Nigeria Police and indeed other security agencies towards reducing crime to the barest minimum. Together we will continue to make Akwa Ibom remain one of the safest States in the Country.”