To steal items from a private hotel on Calabar’s Odukpani Road, suspects admitted to Jonathan Towuru, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, zone six, that they had pretended to be guests.
After receiving a petition against them, they confessed.
Igwe Abeng Igwe, 25, Denis Godwin, 23, and Ogar Ating, 27, were named in a case filed by hotel owner Bassey Okon Etim accusing them of stealing from his establishment.
The defendants were detained following an investigation by the Zonal Squad under the direction of ACP Emeka Onyekaba after the petitioner identified them.
In a statement signed by the zone six Police PRO, Nelson Okpabi, “The suspects on interrogation confessed to stealing from the petitioner’s Bebobsco hotel, No.62 Old Odukpani road, Calabar on 5th June, 2023 having disguised as genuine guests.
“The team executed search warrant in their houses and recovered an unregistered red Topstar motorcycle with Labour Party logo, chassis No. LKIPCK16M1008057, engine No. 162FMJ51011509, one Senwei petrol Generator; one Century 32″ television, one Samsung 24″ television, OX Standing Fan, television, a mattress, one GOTV decoder, duvets, pillows and bedsheets.”
The suspects denied that they robbed the guests of the hotel of their valuables on 14th February, 2023 as alleged.
The suspects also led the team to one Ekpe David Efioette, aged 23, who received the generator and resold to one Becky Osinachi Chukwu where search was executed and the generator recovered.
The statement also stated that the police were still carrying out discreet investigation into the case and the suspects will soon be arraigned in court.
The AIG called on hotel owners to be wary of the guests they receive and to report suspicious guests to them.
He also enjoined members of the public to take the security of their communities seriously and give timeous information to the security agencies.