The leader of a notorious gang terrorizing the people of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local government area of Akwa Ibom has been killed by police in the state.
The gang leader known as Isaac, aka Stainless, was the second in command to one Akaninyene Jumbo, aka Iso Akpafid, who was killed also by the police on January 15, 2018.
The body of the suspected criminal (Isaac) was displayed at the police headquarters at Ikot Akpan Abia yesterday.
According to the Commissioner of Police Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, Stainless was killed on Wednesday during a gun battle between the gang and the police.
He said: “In the past two years, Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local councils of the state have witnessed an upsurge in criminality and brigandage due to the activities of the notorious criminal group led by Akaninyene Jumbo a.k.a Iso Akpafid.
“Joint operation of the security agencies in the state led to death of Iso Akpafid on January, 15, 2018. The people’s jubilation that followed was, however, cut short by the emergence of a wicked and brutal self-crowned successor of Iso Akpafid, who adopted the title Stainless.
“Successive Stainless led other hoodlums on a revenge mission and unleashed terror on Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local councils by killing, maiming, raping, kidnapping, issuing of threat letters and burning of houses indiscriminately.
“Disturbed by this ugly development, the security agencies in the state re-strategized and mounted massive operations against the criminal gang. This led to the arrest of many, who in spite of numerous appeals, refused to surrender their weapons.
“Our efforts received a boost at about 10:30pm on April 18, with the death of the current and most brutal gang leader known as Stainless, but whose real name is Isaac.
“He was known to the security community and close aides as Baggy Short. He was gunned down after an exchange of gunfire, thus bringing to an end the reign of terror of Iso Akpafid and his lieutenants in Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun.
“We have chosen to parade his body to demystify his invisibility and reassure residents, people of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun of their safety to encourage those who have fled the areas to return home.”
The commissioner appreciated the operations as well as the state government for supporting their effort.
He however, urged the people to continue cooperating with the police so as to curb the security challenges in the state to the minimum.
“In the course of this operation, the Inspector General of Police was magnanimous in offering a window of opportunity for people with illegal weapons to turn them in. This yielded favourable result as many arms were mopped up across the state”.
“I will like to seize this opportunity to call on all peace-loving people of Akwa Ibom State to continue to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to maintain law and order by furnishing us with credible information,” he said.