With the help of a combined team of military and other security agencies, calm has been restored in Akwa Ibom State.
The military and security agencies in the state carried out an operation at Ntak Ikot Akpan where hoodlums and other criminals were flushed out following the unrest that they stirred across the region.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima noted the operation was successfully executed and resulted in the dislodgement of the criminals while fleeing hoodlums were neutralized by the Air Force.
He disclosed that the security situation around Essien Udim Local Government Area of the State became tense following activities of hoodlums and criminals who exploit numerous avenues to acquire weapons for perpetrating their heinous crimes.
He remarked that in the past few weeks, the group attacked various security agencies resulting in the loss of lives and theft of weapons.
The hoodlums terrorized law-abiding citizensby extorting them and infringing on their rights which also led to the killing of some Policemen including a CSP.
The army spokesman assured residents and indigenes that calm has restored within the area and the state, adding that police operatives have assumed full control and are carrying out their normal duties.
Residents are enccouraged not to panic but remain calm and continue to support the security agencies to further build on the successes achieved.