Military bombards alleged criminal hideouts in A’Ibom Community
By Theresa Ukpong
A joint military operation has commenced to flush out criminal elements in Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom following the recent spate of attacks on security operatives in the area.
Essien Udim local government council it would be recalled has been under siege for sometime now by criminal elements suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).
Last week, three police officers including a Chief Superintendent of Police(CSP) was killed in a reprisal attack by unknown gunmen while four policemen were declared missing. Military vehicles were also set ablaze by the hoodlums.
To contain the worrisome situation, the military yesterday morning began the bombardment of suspected enemy hideouts in the area even as sounds of gunshots 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 had on Monday asked residents to vacate areas suspected to be used by as camps by the criminals.
Our Correspondent learnt that, due to the heavy bombardment, authorities of the State Polytechnic in Ikot Osurua and the Federal Polytechnic in Essien Udim have ordered for the closure of the instructions and students directed to vacate the campuses.
However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Odiko Macdon, in a telephone interview with Journalists said the command cannot speak on the situation now, as he has not received full brief on the operation.
He assured the people of the State that, at appropriate time, the press would be fully briefed and that people of the area and the state at large should not panic as the situation was under control.