JTF Raid Militants, Pirates Hideout In A’Ibom

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The Joint Task Force (JTF),  “Operation Clean Sweep” had commenced raiding of Piracy, Militancy, Incessant attacks, Armed robbery and Kidnapping of innocent citizens by armed criminal groups in the state.
The Commander of NNS Jubilee, Commodore David Adeniran stated this at a press briefing by Commander NNS Jubilee on Operation Clean Sweep in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of the state yesterday.
According to the Commander, the operation began on Friday, Feb. 12 and commenced with raid operations on some suspected hideouts in Eastern Obolo and Ibeno areas of the state.
It has been reported that the operation involved personnel from NNS Jubilee, Forward Operating Base (FOB), Ibaka, 6 Battalion, Ibagwa and the Department of State Service (DSS).
He said that essence of the raiding was to dislodge armed criminal groups and restore normal activities in the maritime area of Akwa Ibom and neighbouring communities.
“Towards the end last year the security situation in the state began to deteriorate due to attacks by some armed criminal groups.“These groups were believed to be based at temporary camps in various islands accessible through narrow creeks in Eastern Obolo and other neighbouring states,” Adeniran said.
He said that intelligence reports indicate that most piracy attacks and other forms of criminal activities in the general areas are initiated from these camps
He said that the communities affected by the operation include Iko, Akata, Agasa, Edowink, Ibeno, Uta-ewa camps amongst others.
Adeniran said that some suspected criminals were arrested but could not disclose the number of arrests in the area.
“Although, the operation is on-going, the conduct has been very professional and in consonance with humanitarian laws,” he said.
The Commander however, decried that the situation had created fear amongst the residents of the areas thereby crippling social and economic activities.
Adeniran said that the Operation Clean Sweep was committed to halt the activities of the criminal groups in Eastern Obolo, Ibeno and other neighbouring communities in the state.
He noted that eight gunboats had been deployed from NNS Jubilee, NNS Victory and FOB Ibaka for the operation to salvage the situation in the state.
He assured that the operation would be sustained and improved upon while the military presence would be maintained in the general area.
He commended the communities within the area of operation while urging them to give useful information to the arrest of the miscreants.
Adeniran also commended the efforts of the personnel participating in the operation.

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