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JTF Arrests 10 Suspects Over Death Of Security Operatives

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The Joint Task Force (JTF) conducting operations in Essien Udim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State and its environs has arrested 10 suspects in connection with the killing of security operatives and burning of police facilities in the last few months in Akwa Ibom State.

The JTF, comprising the Nigerian Army, the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) raided Ntak Ikot Akpan and Abama communities in Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara LGAs of the state.

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, listed AK-47 rifles, vehicles, cartridges, and cash amongst other things recovered during the operation.

In a press release on Wednesday in Uyo, the CP said, “The operations of the Joint Task Force have yielded a lot of successes with more still being done.

Following coordinated raids on the locations of criminal elements at Ntak Ikot Akpan, Abama and Ikot Akpan in Essien Udim, Obot Akara and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas by the Joint Task Force, a total of 10 suspects who are directly linked to the killings of security personnel and destruction of property were arrested.

“Items recovered include one grey coloured Toyota Hilux with Reg. No. ENU 762 YJ; one white and silver 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.

Others include, 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 among others.”

He urged residents of the state, especially those in the affected areas, to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation.

He, however, encouraged them to be vigilant and ready to divulge timely information to the police and other security agencies in the state.

Others include, 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 among others.”

He urged residents of the state, especially those in the affected areas, to go about their lawful duties without fear of molestation.

He, however, encouraged them to be vigilant and ready to divulge timely information to the police and other security agencies in the state.

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