The Joint Security Task Force in Akwa Ibom state have arrested 10 suspects in connection with the murder of 22 police officers and recent attacks on police facilities in the State.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Andrew Amiengheme, and made available to newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday.
Amiengheme said 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.
“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 were recovered at different locations,” Amiengheme said.
He said items recovered from the suspects include, ”One (1) grey coloured Toyota Hilux with Reg. No. ENU 762 YJ, One (1) white and ash coloured Mitsubishi bus with Reg. No. XE 276 ABA, One (1) white coloured Sino Truck with Reg. No. SSM 505 ZR, One (1) blue Toyota Corolla with Reg. No. GWA 955 BF.
“Four (4) motorcycles, Four AK 47 Rifles, Four G3 rifles, Eight(8) Dane Guns, Three (3) Riot Guns, Twenty-eight (28) AK-47 magazines, Two (2) G3 magazines, Six hundred and fifty-four (654) rounds of ammunition, Ten (10) cartridges, Ninety-six (96) Smoke cartridges.
“One (1) Smoke Grenade, Twenty-one (21) teargas bombs, Thirty-nine (39) Hand Grenade Anti-Riot irritants, Seven (7) smoke respirators.
“Police ID card, Two (2) Police batons, Ten (10) Police Beckets, Seven (7) Police belts, One (1) pair of woman Police uniform, One (1) fragmental jacket, The sum of sixty-three thousand, three hundred and thirty naira (N63,330.00) among others.
“The owners of the above-mentioned vehicles are to go to 6 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Ibagwa with proof of ownership for identification and collection or contact the State Police Headquarter, Uyo.”
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.