Dreaded gang leader Kingsley Utomobong is dead, reports say.
Utomobong had been arrested for the alleged murder of Egbe Edum, an assistant police commissioner who was also a nephew to the deputy governor of Cross River State.
Edum was reportedly hacked to death by gunmen on Wednesday, December 2, at 8 Miles area, along the Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar.
The police official was, according to Sahara Reporters, attacked while waiting for his wife to pick him up after the bus he was travelling in broke down.
According to a source, Utomobong and his gang did not know that Edum was not only a police officer but also a nephew to the deputy governor.
Utomobong, the man who allegedly killed the police chief, has now died in police custody, CrossRiverWatch reported. He was said to have “become too much of a problem”, so, the police killed him, reports allege.
Known for freely extorting money from residents of the state and inflicting pains on anyone standing in his way, Utomobong was said to be untouchable because of his reported closeness to Governor Ben Ayade.
His notoriety was well known to law enforcement agencies in the state. He was also alleged to be responsible for the killing of one Ebenezer Ika in April 2018.