By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Police Command in Cross River State has released 3 out of the 5 police officers accused of extra judicial killing at Ikom local government area information reaching CrossRiverWatch suggests.
The cops led by DSP Eyong Obeten were released Tuesday morning when family members arrived to sign sureties for them with two still left in custody.
The squad was arrested last week Monday after facts emerged that the group which had kidnap a business woman in Ikom had been caught alive but the squad after arriving Ikom from Calabar, took the group to the bush and killed 6 out of 7 in cold blood before displaying their corpses claiming they engaged them in a gun duel.
And, Police spokesperson, Mrs. Irene Ugbo told CrossRiverWatch that he was released on administrative bail because they cannot be detained for more than 24 hours.
Police sources say arrangement had been made last Friday to free them following sustained pressure from some persons in the state government but that the Commissioner of Police had a change of mind fearing a backlash.
The pressure was said to have continued throughout the weekend leading to the eventual freedom of the alleged killer cops moments ago.
Mr. Obeten is said to have contacts in high places.
He had served as the divisional police officer in Obudu and his short stay saw about 8 people kidnapped which led to calls for him to be replaced.
The CP is said to have acted swiftly and he alongside two dozen police officers were transferred to Maidugri and other places respectively.
He did not obey the directive and after activating his contacts, was later made the head of the anti kidnapping and cultism unit in the state command and operates and illegal detention center at the Cultural Center Complex in Calabar.
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