A young man, John Ator 25 was on Wednesday narrowly escaped being roasted by angry mob at Marian Market, Calabar, Cross River State capital. The suspect was alleged to have stolen two basins of garri at the Market in the early hours of Wednesday.
An eyewitness told DAILY POST that the suspect who had been into the crime was unlucky this time as he was caught in the act when the traders decided to lay ambush for him.
One of the market managers who pleaded anonymity said reports of garri theft had reached them several times, but they could not fathom who the thief was. He said ninety-nine days is for the thief, and one day is for the owner. “That is the case with this young man, John Ator, who is now caught as a garri thief who has been a thorn in the flesh of garri women traders at Marian Market, Calabar as he was caught stealing two basins of garri at the said market early hours of Wednesday,” he stated. Explaining further, he said, “this act of stealing garri which has become a regular occurrence at the Marian market without knowing those behind the crime got to its peak when traders decided to lay ambush for the thief. Fortunately for the traders and unfortunately for the thief, luck ran out of him (Ator) and he was caught in the early hours.
The Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Idris, has revealed that they will recruit 155,000 personnel within five years to bridge the gap of manpower shortage in the organization. Idris stated this on Friday in Kano while briefing newsmen at the Government House Kano.
He said 31,000 personnel would be recruited every year for five years. “We have serious gap of manpower but force is determined to bridge the gap. We have presented a proposal to the federal government for the recruitment of 31,000 personnel annually for five years.
“We want make the force to work according to the standard of the United Nation chatter of one police man to 400 people,” Idris said.
He also pledged that the police would continue to support other security agencies to ensure security of lives and properties of the citizenry.