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Police parade suspected fake engineer over building collapse in Akwa Ibom

Site of the collapsed building

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command on Wednesday paraded a fake Engineer, one Felix Anietie Udoh, the site engineer who supervised the construction of a collapsed four-storey building located at No. 3 Imam Street, behind Zenith Bank, Uyo, the state capital.

Speaking while parading the suspect along with others arrested for various crimes including kidnapping, and murder, the Commissioner of Police, CP Olatoye Durusinmi, said the fake engineer, the proprietor of Felixzity High Technology Limited, was arrested by operatives of the anti-robbery squad of the command on August 7, 2023, while trying to flee the scene.

The commissioner, who noted that the collapsed building led to the death of one Favour Chukwuemeka Okoro ‘m’, while five persons were rescued, said the suspect and others would have their day in court.

“Recall that on the 17th of September 2022, a four-storey building situated at No. 3 Iman Street, behind Zenith Bank off Aka Road, Uyo collapsed leading to the death of one Favour Chukwuemeka Okoro ‘m’ while five persons were rescued.

“The alleged site engineer, one Felix Anietie Udoh, of Felixzity High Technology Limited, fled. On 7/8/2023, the suspect was arrested by the Anti-Robbery Squad of the command.

“On interrogation, the suspect confessed not to be an engineer but a builder. The above suspect and others will have their day in court”, the commissioner said. The commissioner also said three suspected child trafficking syndicates were arrested on August 9, 2023, and the stolen babies recovered by operatives of Anti-Child Theft unit of the command.

He said, “On the 9th August 2023, operatives of Anti-Child Theft of the Command, in a rigorous investigation, arrested one Peace Patrick Paul who deceived one Utibeabasi Monday Enang, both of Obot Akara L.G. Area and stole her two children, aged three and five in the month of May 2023.

“The said Peace Patrick Paul sold the two children to one Mary Eunice in Aba, Abia State, who in turn sold them to one Bella Uko in Asaba, Delta State.

“Similarly, one Alayodi Paul Onyekwere of Abuloma, Rivers State was arrested for stealing an 11-year-old daughter of one Emmanuel Macaulay Daniel of Ikot Ikot Village in Obot Akara Local Government Area.

“Suspect alleged to have been sent by her grandmother to steal the child, which she led operatives to recover from Rivers State. The children are here today and will be reunited to their families, the command appreciates the collaboration of Yak Iyamma and Arise the Front line of Abolition of Trafficking in Person Project.”

The commissioner assured the people that his the command would remain committed to the provision of top-notch security in Akwa Ibom State and on indigenes of the state to volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of criminal elements.

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