Nigerian Police, Cross River Command, said its officers on Monday killed six suspected gunmen who abducted a student from a private university, Arthur Jarvis University, in the state last Tuesday.
Police Public Relations Officer SP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the development on Tuesday, said the criminals were killed in a duel with a police team.
The police spokesman said the police team were relentless shortly after the incident and had to drop their nets into the surrounding forests where the victim was believed to have been dragged the night of his abduction in the university.
“The six suspects were killed in a firefight with the elite team who ‘smoked’ them out.
“Remember we warned earlier that any criminals in the state should leave Cross River. We have taken the next step. We are pursuing criminals very hard this time, even in their hideouts. No more warning, that’s enough.
“We want to assure law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful activities. We urge them to always share information with us because safety is everyone’s business,” she said.
Commenting on the successful police operation, the founder and chancellor of the university, Arthur Jarvis Archibong, praised the cooperation and efforts of the security agencies, especially the police for their professionalism in rescuing the abducted student.
Archibong noted that the security forces were tireless and engaged during the rescue exercise, which led to the neutralization of the suspects.
He, however, debunked speculation that the school was forced to close following the terrorist invasion and the student’s kidnapping.
He said: ‘We were charged to close on Friday last week, before the incident happened. So the news that is doing the rounds that we have closed indefinitely is absolutely false.
“We want to assure every parent and ward that the safety and well-being of their children, our students is essential.”
The chancellor therefore assured that the school had taken measures to prevent new occurrences of such a security breach in the establishment.