By Ekemini Simon-
The gallant troops of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army has in the early hours of today, Tuesday, recorded another success in their bid to restore peace to the terrorized axis of Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of the State by killing two gang members of the notorious killer, Akaninyene Uko alias Isoakpaefid who was killed yesterday by the troops.
According to a release signed by the Assistant Director Public Relations, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Uyo, Major Umar Shuaib, and made available to this reporter, after the first operation which led to the killing of Isoakpaefid, the Brigade troops following another tipoff invaded the hideout of the remaining gang members at Ikpe village in Etim Ekpo Local government area on Tuesday 16 January 2018 and engaged the hoodlums at 1:30am.
The release states that the troops succeeded in killing two members namely Aniebet Udoh who is said to be the second in command to Isoakpaefid and Thankgod Friday who is the spiritualist to the kingpin while the remnants escaped with gun shot wounds.
Items recovered by the troops include one pump action gun, two locally made short guns, 13 live cartridges, eight expended cartridges, 2 Dane guns and two cutlasses. Their corpses have been deposited at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital mortuary.
Part of the release states “The culprit was known for terrorising the inhabitants of Ukanafun Local government area in Akwa Ibom States who perpetrated the killings of two Nigerian Police personnel and a Truck driver in Ukanafun Local government area on 17 November last year and also masterminded the killing of a commissioner’s sister and two others in Ikot Oko Osun community in Ukunafun local government area on 19 November 2017 and suspects have been evading arrests after the incident.”
The release notes that the Commander 2 Brigade Nigerian Army Brigadier General Abdu Ibrahim Hassan has assured law abiding citizens in the area that the Brigade will do everything within its powers to protect their lives and properties while soliciting for their support and cooperation by reporting any form of crime to appropriate security agencies.
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