Three police officers were reported killed with four others declared missing from the attack.
Emmanuel said the gallantry and patriotism of those personnel who lost their lives in line of duty was deeply appreciated by the state government and its people.
He said that the officers paid the supreme price for peace to reign in Essien Udim LGA and its environs.
He expressed satisfaction that the security operatives had neutralised the activities of criminal elements and restored peace to Essien Udim.
Emmanuel promised to continually support the police and other security agencies in the discharge of their duties.
“To the glory of God, the criminal elements have been neutralised, their unwholesome activities thwarted and absolute tranquility has returned to the troubled area.
“The conquest of evil and return of normalcy, to my mind, is the most befitting condolence message to the force and families of the fallen officers, because it adds a note of positivity to their already very painful death,’’ he said. (NAN)