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Officials of NIS and arrested 2 Nigerians and a Cameroonian alleged member of Ambazonia separatist group for arms peddling at Mfum community of Cross River
7th August, 2022
By George Odok
Two Nigerians and a Cameroonian, alleged to be member of the Ambazonia separatist group have been arrested for arms peddling at Mfum a community at the border of Nigeria with Cameroon in Cross River.
The suspects were arrested by officers of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with items such as one Beretta pistol, one locally made pistol, three live ammunitions, charms and one TECNO BC3 Android phone found in a small bag found with them.
“They were four suspects; the fourth person, currently at large, left them with the bag containing the incriminating items,” the Comptroller in charge of Mfum Border Command, Mr Ndubuisi Eneregbu, said in statement announcing the arrest issued on Sunday in Calabar.
According to the Comptroller, two Nigerians and one irregular Cameroonian migrant, who confessed to be a member of the Ambazonia separatist group, were arrested on a motorcycle with arms and live ammunitions.
“The suspects were found with among other things, a small bag containing incriminating items such as one Beretta pistol, one locally made pistol, three live ammunitions, charms and one TECNO BC3 Android phone.
“They were four suspects; the fourth person, currently at large, left them with the bag containing the incriminating items
“Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the suspects, the Cameroonian, is a member of the Ambazonia separatist group in the Republic of Cameroon.
“The three suspects along with the incriminating items have been handed over to the Divisional Police Officer Etung Division, Etung Local Government Area for further investigation,” he said.
He noted that in spite of certain logistic challenges, the officers and men were prepared to apprehend anyone found perpetrating illegalities and sabotaging the economy of the country.
Mfum is a commercial border town in Etung Local Government Area of Cross River where Nigerians and others engages in international trade.
They engage in trade by conveying commodities ranging from food items, petroleum products and more across the lines into the Republic of Cameroon. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
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