Nathaniel Manasseh, a police inspector arrested by operatives of the Cross River command for gunrunning, has claimed that he was charmed.
The Inspector, who was paraded alongside other suspects at the command’s headquarters in Diamond Hill, Calabar, on Tuesday, was accused of renting his rifle to notorious criminals and being unable to account for some arms including two AK-47 riffles.
Briefing journalists, thecommissioner of police in the state, Sikiru Akande, urged residents of the state to assist the police with useful information that will help in the arrest of criminals.
“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.
“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.”
Speaking to newsmen, the inspector denied being a gunrunner, claiming that he was charmed and dispossessed of some AK-47 rifles and 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 claimed.