No fewer than 12 communities in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have been displaced as a result of a joint military operation currently ongoing in the area.
Essien Udim is the council area of the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The council has been under siege by hoodlums who attacked and killed security agents after carting away their ammunitions.
The operations were put together by the Defence Headquarters on Tuesday to flush out criminal elements who have been attacking security offices who are believed to have found a safe haven in the area.
Findings show that about nine communities have been seriously affected by the effects of the operations while the remaining three are partially affected.
According to reports, the displaced persons from the affected villages are camped at St Ann Cathedral, Ikot Ekpene, Civic Centre Atan, Ikot Okoro and St Brigid Parish, Urua Akpan.
The military had deployed land and aerial onslaughts on the hoodlums, leading to successful dislodgement of the criminals from their hideouts.
Chairman of Essien Udim, Anthony Luke, said reprieve has finally come to his people who had been subjected to extortion, intimidation, robbery, and general abuse of their fundamental human rights.