After Much Pressure, Police Release Calabar Entertainer, Charge Over 20 Others To Court

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

The A Division of the Cross River State Police Command has released Calabar-based entertainer, Kandy Umoh almost 24 hours after he was arrested in a raid of his home at Nyanghasang community of Calabar Municipal Local Government Area.

Mr. Umoh, a filmmaker and entrepreneur was walking home with a roll-up banner when he, alongside 27 others was arrested by men of the Nigerian Police Force on Sunday in Calabar after an earlier detachment of the force was attacked and the rear windshield of their vehicle smashed by an irate mob.

“A man claimed his penis was removed by means of juju and the community picked on one fellow and started beating him for that and we were called in,” a Senior Police Officer told CrossRiverWatch on condition of anonymity.

The police responded and, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Irene Ugbo said the victim was rescued, which angered some members of the Nyanghasang community who threw stones at the vehicle of the Nigerian Police – a navy blue colored Audi 80 model saloon car marked “A Division Surveillance Patrol Team,” and smashed the rear windshield of the vehicle.

The police then reinforced and raided the community. Mr. Umoh, who was walking home after a production meeting was arrested with a roll-up banner which another entrepreneur, Tom Alims said the police told him was an AK 47 rifle.

At about 2:00 PM on Monday, about 20 of them were arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Calabar and remanded, another Police source tipped CrossRiverWatch.

However, Mr. Umoh was released at about 7:00 PM with police sources saying their investigations had “cleared him to a certain degree.”

Several journalists, creative sector players, and other civic space actors had spent hours at the Police station seeking to understand why Mr. Umoh was arrested.

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