The Cross River Police Command says seven suspects, detained for various offences, have escaped from its cell on Dec. 13.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Irene Ugbo, in Calabar on Monday, the command noted that some reports on social media platforms had erroneously claimed that 19 suspects escaped from police custody.
Ugbo said that the incident happened around 5 a.m. on Dec. 13 in one of the command’s outfit in Calabar.
“The attention of the Commissioner of Police in Cross River, Mr Abdulkadir Jimoh, has been drawn to the unverified, exaggerated news making round in some social media platforms that 19 suspected robbers and kidnappers escaped from police custody.
“It is on the above that the commissioner of police wishes to update the general public on the development.
“However, three of the suspects died in the process of escaping, while one was re-arrested.
“Meanwhile, effort is being intensified to apprehend the other fleeing culprits,” he said.
The PPRO said that the command had resolved to confront all forms of criminality during and after the Yuletide season.
“The command solicits genuine information from private individuals, corporate bodies and good spirited citizens at all times for enhanced performance and quality service delivery,” he said.