By Victor Akaa, Abuja
Director Army Public Relations ,Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima, says 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.
He said,before now, 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.”
Army Spokesman said, “hoodlums continued to terrorise law abiding citizens through extortions and infringement on their rights.
“Consequently a combined team of Military and Security Agencies in the State conducted a clearance operation at Ntak Ikot Akpan to in order to flush out the miscreants.
“The operation was successfully executed and resulted in the dislogment of the criminals while fleeing hoodlums were neutralised by the Air Component.”
Gen Yerima in a statement noted that, the clearance operation conducted by the combined military troops and other security agents brought about normalcy and peace in the general area.
“Normalcy has been restored in the area while the Police personnel have since assumed full control and carrying out normal duties.
The statement enjoined the general public not to panic but to remain calm and continue to support the security agencies to further consolidate on the successes recorded so far.