By Ayo Kehinde
The Army Public Relations Officer, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Akwa Ibom state, Captain Godfrey Abakpa on Tuesday confirmed to journalists the a combined military and air force operation is underway in Essien Udim, a border community in the state and located between Abia and Akwa Ibom states
Confirming the operation, Captain Abakpa said; ”The operation just started even as the general security situation in Akwa Ibom state was very peaceful and calm before these miscreants started two weeks ago their problem.
”They attacked so many security agencies and carted away some weapons and this gave them the courage to continue with their nefarious activities.
” In the light of this the army commander and commanders of other security agencies decided that the criminals must be brought down”.
Though the Army command in the state has promised to issue an official release soon, at the time of filing this report, the Army Spokesperson said no arrest had been made yet.
He also could not speak on the identity of those he referred to as miscreants and a suggestion that they may be members of the separatists group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, were dismissed by him; ”they are miscreants for now. We can’t categorize them until they are apprehended and questioned to know their intention and who sent them”.