The Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom Command, on Wednesday said that 10 suspects were arrested in connection with the recent attacks on security agencies in Essien Udim Local Area.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Andrew Amiengheme, in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo, noted that the attack on police personnel necessitated the formation of a Joint Task Force (JTF), comprising the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Service and NSCDC.
He said the efforts of the JTF yielded a lot of successes with more still being expected.
“The JTF raided Ntak Ikot Akpan, Abama and Ikot Akpan in Essien Udim, Obot Akara and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas.
“A total of 10 suspects, who are directly linked to the killings of security Personnel and destruction of property, were arrested and some items recovered at different locations,” Amiengheme said.
He said that items that were recovered included four vehicles, four motorcycles, four AK 47 rifles, four G3 rifles, eight dane guns, 28 AK-47 magazines and some cash.
Amiengheme called on members of the public who lost their vehicles recently to come with proof of ownership.
The commissioner expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army and other sister security agencies for their immense contribution in the exercise.
He urged Akwa Ibom people to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation and always be vigilant.
The CP appealed to residents to always provide the police and other security agencies with useful information to ensure protection of lives and property.