Ten men have been arrested by the Joint Task Force (JTF) conducting operations in Essien Udim Local Government and its surroundings.
According to the JTF, 10 security operatives have been killed and police facilities have been burned in the last few months in the state.
The raid was conducted after the task force, consisting of the Nigerian Army, the Police, the Directorate of the State Security Service, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps raided Ntak Ikot Akpan, Abama, and Ikot Ekpene communities in Akwa Ibom.
According to Andrew Amiengheme, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, AK-47 rifles, vehicles, cartridges, and cash were recovered during the operation.
CP said in a press release on Wednesday in Uyo that the arrested men were “directly linked” to the killing of security personnel and destruction of property.
Among the items recovered was a grey Toyota Hilux with registration. No. ENU 762 YJ; one white and ash coloured Mitsubishi bus with Reg. No. XE 276 ABA; one white-coloured Sino Truck with Reg. No. SSM 505 ZR and one blue Toyota Corolla with Reg. No. GWA 955 BF
“There are also four motorcycles, four AK 47 rifles, four G3 rifles, eight dane guns, three riot guns, 28 AK-47 magazines, two G3 magazines, and 654 rounds of ammunition”.
Approximately 22 policemen have been killed in attacks on police formations and other security agencies in the state so far.