The Intelligence Response Team, IRT of the Nigeria Police Force has arrested two suspects, a Nigerian and a Cameroonian for illegal possession and illicit sale of explosives and ammunition to separatist groups in Cameroon. The suspects were arrested by IRT, led by DCP Olatunji Disu following the order of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba to all commands of the police to battle crime to its barest level in line with his zero tolerance for crime and criminality.
The suspects were identified as 38 years old farmer, Obi Ndifon Bate, from the Nmojosob Division in Cameroon and the main suspect, 40 years old Ntui Lambart Assam from Ntui Local Government Area of Cross Rivers State whose mother is a Cameroonian. According to Ndifon Bate, he only comes to Nigeria to do menial jobs, but was unfortunate to have been arrested in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State alongside Ntui, whom he claims to be his cousin. Due to the crisis in Cameroon between the separatists and the government, it has forced a lot of people from Cameroon into Nigeria through the boarders.
In view of this, the Nigeria Police Force in order to curb crime in its boarders sought intelligence gathering and discreet investigation to arrest anyone involved in illegal sales of any ammunition or involving the use of improvised explosive device (IEDs) through the boarder to cause high rate of crime. Speaking with journalists, Ndifon, who further explained how he got involved in the crime said: “I am a registered member with the United Nations, my wife was pregnant and the baby died inside of her, I went to Calabar to collect money.” Ndifon, who said he went to Ikom to collect money from his brother confessed to be aware of the kind of illegal business his brother was into.