The Nigerian Army has said that combined team of Military and Security Agencies has completed a clearance operation at Ntak Ikot Akpan in Essien Udim Local Government Area aimed at flushing out miscreants fomenting trouble in the area, while calling on members of the public not to panic but support the security operatives to rid the troubled part of the local government area of miscreants.
According to a release made available to newsmen by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the operation was successfully executed and resulted in the dislodgment of the criminals while fleeing hoodlums were neutralised by the Air Component.
The statement said normalcy has been restored in the area while police personnel have since assumed full control and were carrying out normal duties.
It 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 statement added that the miscreants exploited various avenues to acquire weapons to perpetrate their heinous crimes attacking various security agencies which resulted in the loss of lives and carting away of weapons.
The last incident reportedly led to the killing of some Policemen including a Chief Superintendent of Police.