The suspects operate “one chance” taxis.
The Cross River State Police Command has arrested a 19-member armed gang that has been terrorising residents of the state.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ganiyu Salami, said this while parading the suspects at the premises of the police headquarters, Diamond Hill, Calabar.
The suspects – eleven men and eight women – operate mainly as taxi operators popularly called “one chance’’ within the city.
Mr. Ganiyu said the command acted on a tip-off by members of the public and the suspects were trailed to their hotel in Calabar. He said none of the suspects were resident in Calabar, but came into the city to carry out their nefarious act and move back to their bases.
He said the suspects, on investigation, were discovered to have come into Calabar from Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu, Anambra, Delta and Imo states. Several cars were recovered from the suspects.
The police advised residents to avoid entering taxis around the banking area as well as entering private vehicles operating as taxi operators.
Mr. Ganiyu said the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as possible.