By Our Reporter
Two young Cross Riverians earlier reported to have been missing, were arrested by the special Anti cultism/Kidnapping unit of the Nigerian Police force, Cross River State command. This paper can confirm.
A diligent search and painstaking enquiry by our reporters, pointed to the dreaded special police unit, located inside the state cultural center complex in Calabar.
The Parchment had earlier reported how the duo went missing soon after they visited a lady they met on a social networking site, facebook around Ekorinim 2 in Calabar.
The men, Henry Agbo and Wisdom Ofri, are from Ikom LGA of Cross River State and work with a logistic company located along the Murtala Mohammed highway, Calabar.
Contrary to our earlier report that two of them were arrested, investigation by this paper reveals that three of them were actually arrested.
They were arrested on Friday last week and detained for more than three days without any trace. Their phones were also collected from them and switched off, but the police unit became unsettled after The Parchment’s report.
The special security unit had earlier denied keeping the boys when family members visited, “we visited the office of Anti cultism/Kidnapping unit on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, they kept telling us they were not here” Said a family source.
“it was when they saw the news you published that Tuesday evening that they opened up, when we repeated the visited on Wednesday and confirmed that the boys were with them. Yet, they did not allow us to see them. They told us they have been taken to Abuja, another person told us they have been taken to Uyo. But we know they are still with them. The sad thing is that, they have denied us access to them, neither have they told us what their offence is” said a family source.
The Anti Cultism/Kidnapping unit have been severally condemned by members of the public for indiscriminate arrest, illegal detention, extortion and consistent abuse of human rights, including torture of suspects within their detention facility.
Although the unit was originally created to tackle the incessant cult related violence and kidnappings in the state, members of the unit have since delve into areas completely unconnected with their original mandate. Complains of overindulgence of the unit in civil matters have also remain persistent.
But despite the numerous complaints, the unit have continued to operate with flagrant disregard for the rights of citizens.
When our reporter visited the office of the security unit, a source within the unit who did not want his named in print because he is not authorized to speak on the matter claimed, they boys were arrested by the Inspector General Special Intelligence Unit. “the boys are not with us, we understand that they were arrested by the IGP Special intelligence Unit from Abuja. But I think they are right now in Bakassi. They will come back to Calabar before leaving for Abuja, ask them” he said.
Our reporter then called the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo to ask if the IGP team is in town for any assignment, “I am not aware of that matter. Someone called me to ask. I’m actually not aware” she said, dropping the call almost immediately.
Our investigation again returned to the Anti cultism/kidnapping unit of the police, this time, they agreed keeping the boys.
Our reporter who disguised as a relative of the boys was told to bring a whooping N160,000 as bail for two of the boys, while their offence is yet to be made known to members of their family.
It is not yet clear what the security Unit intends to achieve with the unlawful detention of the boys. As at press time, family members of the Henry Agbo and Wisdom Ofri were on their way to pay the said sum.