Operatives of the Nigerian Army have join forces with the Police officers stationed at Essien Udim local government area in Akwa Ibom State, and together they have eliminated some hoodlums terrorising the area.
The statement was disclosed by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima.
He said that some hoodlums have been disturbing innocent citizens in the state by vandalising their properties, extortion and harming them while they go about their lawful businesses.
He said the Army together with the Police conducted a clearance operation in Ntak-Ikot Apkan area of Akwa Ibom to get rid of the criminal elements.
He said, “The general security situation in Akwa Ibom State has been very peaceful until recently when the security situation around Essien Udim Local Government Area of the State became tensed occasioned by activities of some hoodlums and criminal elements.”
”The miscreants exploited various avenues to acquire weapons to perpetrate their heinous crimes.”
”In the past few weeks, the group has attacked various security agencies which resulted in the loss of lives and carting away of weapons.”
“The last incident led to the killing of some Policemen including a CSP.”
”The hoodlums continued to terrorise law-abiding citizens through extortions and infringement on their rights.”
He added, ”Consequently a combined team of Military and [other] security agencies in the State conducted a clearance operation at Ntak Ikot Akpan in order to flush out the miscreants.”
”The operation was successfully executed and resulted in the dislodgement of the criminals while fleeing hoodlums were neutralised by the air component.”
”Normalcy has been restored in the area while the Police personnel have since assumed full control and carrying out normal duties.”