The Department of State Service, Akwa Ibom Command, have seized arms and light weapons, which have been stockpiled to “disrupt the 2015 elections in the state.”
It was learnt that operatives of the DSS on undercover operations have been mopping-up these arms for sometime, while the culprits arrested for interrogation and prosecution.
The state Director of DSS, Mr. Toma Minti, said in Uyo that the morale of his men has been high with determination to take on some criminal elements in the society.
Minti, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Fubara Duke, said the DSS in the last few months have prevented many criminal operations, adding that working in close collaboration with other security agencies aided the command’s operations.
According to Minti, the relative peace experienced in the state is the outcome of intense fights by the DSS operatives in the state.
“As we arrest them, we retrieve the arms they have acquired ahead of 2015 elections in the state.
“Policing the state effectively requires collaborative efforts by the security operatives and the civil society.
“We urge the public to always volunteer information about crimes in their neighbourhood to the DSS. We can assure our informants that their identity will be highly protected,” he said.
He added that the security threat posed by the Islamic insurgents requires vigilance and collective measures to stem it.
He noted that though the Federal Government has shown commitment to tackling the insurgencies, Minti, however, urged patriotic Nigerians to also rise against the terrorists for total peace in the country.
Minti assured the people of Akwa Ibom State of hitch-free general elections in 2015, warning that formentors of trouble would be made to face the full wrath of the law.