By Margaret John
It was a hustle and bustle on Sunday night as men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) chased down and arrested some policemen at about 8:30pm in Calabar, the Cross River state capital.
The incident which took place along Etta- Agbor road (both sides) involved some Policemen that mounted a stop and search road block/check points at the bus stop at UNICAL Main gate, MTN Office (by Bateba) and Orok-Orok junction by Etta-Agbor.
According to information available to our newsroom by eye witnesses that prefer anonymity, “the arrested policemen were operating illegally at unassigned checkpoints in that part of the town.”
According to another, “They were also found indulging in collection of bribes from motorists who plying both sides of the road, threatening to arrest any motorist who didn’t comply.”
Soon after, a team of other police swooped on the bribe taking cops and rounded them up.
The policemen were taken away in a bus belonging to the SARS Operatives after a serious tussle along with a young boy who was said to have questioned the actions of the SARS operatives.
Another eye witness accounts that “We could barely see but everyone was literally running helter-skelter.”
The Cross River State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo told our reporter on phone that, “I’m not aware of it, you are just telling me now, let me confirm the information and get back to you.”
After waiting for about an hour, a follow up call was made twice to her MTN line from our newsroom and she said, “That case has not been confirmed.”
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