The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of ten suspects in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme said they were arrested in connection with the violence carried out in Uyo, the State capital on Thursday night.
While addressing newsmen at the Police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Amiengheme said the suspects were arrested following the quick deployment of Anti-Riot Policemen in conjunction with the efforts of other sister security agencies such as the Army and Department of State Service (DSS).
He said he had gone round to assess the damage done during the mayhem, and commended the State government for its timely intervention through the imposition of the curfew that assisted in restoring normalcy in the state.
Amiengheme said, “It is with a heart full of pains that I address you today. The events of the last 24 hours have given me and every concerned Akwa Ibomite a great course for concern. As the lead agency in internal security, we have great respect for peaceful protest and we have acted professionally during its progression in the State.
“However, yesterday, some youths with evil intentions in the guise of #ENDSARS went about vandalizing, looting and burning some Government and private property including the Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC), Anchor Insurance, De Choice Shopping Mall, L.G showroom, and Access Bank Plc.
“I commend the State Government’s timely intervention through the imposition of curfew, as I today went round to ensure strict compliance, and we will continue to do so.
“I am however delighted to inform you that our quick deployment of Anti-Riot Policemen in conjunction with the efforts of sister security agencies such as the Army and DSS, and the efforts of the State Government has restored normalcy in Uyo and the State in general.
“The Command’s efforts have yielded positive results leading to the arrest of some persons and the recovery of stolen items worth millions of naira, as you can see here displayed”
The CP listed the recovered items to include Fourteen Deep Freezers, Six Refrigerators, Eight flat Screen Televisions, Four water dispensers, Sixteen bags of rice; Four Air conditioners, one printer, chairs, and other items.