The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Fadairo, has said that the amount of money being expended by the command on feeding and medical bills, for arrested suspects in detention is taking a toll on the command’s finances.
According to him, no fewer than 70 suspected criminals had been arrested within the last few weeks in the state.
Fadairo, who spoke in Calabar Tuesday, stated that the suspects were in the care of the police without recourse to trial due to ongoing strike by judiciary workers in the state.
He said the suspects comprising armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists, are currently being detained at the state police headquarters, adding that they would be charged for various offences when the courts resumed.
He said, “Unfortunately for us the courts are not sitting so that we can charge the suspects. We have been feeding them and taking care of their medical bills and this is taking a tool on our finances.
“Of recent we have been witnessing some miscreants coming into the state to strike. They successfully snatched one or two riffles from our men and we had to move fast to plan and execute our strategy to stop them. We have arrested several of them who are now in detention.”
He said the several arrests of criminal gangs in the last one week had slowed down robbery and other criminal activities in the state.
The commissioner also denied reports that the recent killing of the chief steward to Governor Liyel Imoke, who was identified as Sebastian, was assassination, saying it was a robbery incident.
“About four houses were raided that night and he might have recognized one of them which may have been responsible for his killing,” he said.
He said the police was taking adequate measures to ensure that there was violence-free election in the state.
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