Etim Udom, a chief priest, was detained along with two others in Cross River state’s Akpabuyo Local Government Area for vandalising a Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) installation.
On Thursday, August 11 in Calabar, the corps’ Public Relations Officer, Solomon Eremi, paraded the suspects on behalf of the Commandant of NSCDC in Cross River, Samuel Fadeyi, and claimed that the accused committed the offence two weeks ago.
Eremi claimed that all of the property from the NSCDC outpost in Akpabuyo had been stolen by the accused.
In response to the occurrence, the state Commandant authorised a sting operation to investigate the circumstances and apprehend those responsible.
It was discovered through investigation that the top priest was the one who prepared the charms the suspect used before committing any acts of theft or destruction.
The PRO claims that well-known cultist Otu Effiong-Otu was among those responsible for the vandalism at the #Endsars rally in Akpabuyo.
He said that NSCDC officials recovered the artefacts from the chief priest’s shrine after stealing them from Effiong-Otu, who had sold them to the chief priest.
The NSCDC wants the public to know that they will track down anyone who commits a crime, and they will not allow them go unpunished. It’s been two weeks since these items were stolen from our outpost in Akpabuyo. You can see that we succeeded in retrieving all the stolen objects from the head priest’s shrine. A panel door, burglary, toilet seat, generator, cable lines, and three motorcycles are among the items he listed.
Dr. Ahmed Audi, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, has issued a stern warning that any act of vandalism will be met with zero tolerance. According to our constitutional duty, we will pursue criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.
Instead of wasting their time vandalising public property, he urged young men to pursue more constructive activities.
The high priest revealed in an interview that he had been using the shrine as a spiritual fortress ever since he acquired it from his father.
Effiong-Otu admitted his guilt and blamed his actions on his financial situation, begging for forgiveness from the NSCDC.