The police in Cross River said one of its personnel, Kingsley Iyeke, killed another policeman, Edet Archibong, during a gun duel between the police and suspected cultists in Calabar.
Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, the Commissioner of Police in the state, made this known on Monday in Calabar while briefing journalists on the activities of the command in the past one month.
The commissioner said that after the incident, the police swung into action by tracing the cultists to their hideout where some of them were arrested.
He explained that during interrogating, one of the suspected cultists mentioned Mr. Iyeke, a police corporal, as their member “and that he was the one that shot the police inspector during the clash’’.
“It would be recalled that we lost one of our inspectors last month during an exchange of fire with some cultists here in Calabar.
“Majority of the suspects have been arrested. Our front line interrogation shows that one of our personnel, Corporal Kingsley Iyeke, was one of the cultists.
“After interrogating one of the arrested cultists, he confessed that Iyeke was their member and that he was the one that shot the inspector.
“During our trial, we found out that truly he was their member. We have dismissed him and he will face the full wrath of the law,’’ he said.
Mr. Iyeke, 35, from Rivers, was attached to the Marine Police base in Calabar.
Responding to questions from journalists, Mr. Iyeke denied being a member of any cult group, saying that he was only being set up by the suspected cultists.