Bassey Anthony, Uyo
The combined military operation began with the removal of criminal elements in the Essien Udim local government area, Akwa Ibom, following recent attacks on security operatives in the council.
Essien Udim, the councilor area of Delta Delta Minister Niger’s affairs, Senator Godsville Akpabio, is sometimes under siege by criminal elements suspected of being members of the banned indigenous population of Biafra (IPOB).
Last week, three police officers, including the Chief Police Superintendent (CSP), were killed in a retaliatory attack by armed attacks, while four police officers were declared missing.
Haulums also set fire to military vehicles.
To contain the worrying situation, the army began bombing suspicious enemy hideouts in the area on Tuesday morning, even when the sounds of gunfire and heavy artillery were heard.
Drones and helicopters were also deployed as they flew at low levels to ensure proper surveillance of the area.
The military on Monday asked residents to leave areas suspected by criminals of using them as camps.
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Staff and students of the Ukan Federal Polytechnic in Essien Udim located a few meters from the Akpabio residence were forced to leave the school campus.
The Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic in Ikot Ekpene has also been closed.
Military Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Army 2nd Brigade, Akwa Ibom State, Captain Godfrey Abakpa confirmed the military operation to our Uy correspondent.
At the time of reporting, an army spokesman said he had not yet been arrested.
Asked if the criminals were members of the IPOB, he said: “They are criminals for now. We can’t categorize them until they catch them and interrogate them to find out their intention and who sent them. “