Nine poultry farms were affected by the outbreak in two local government areas of the state.
Mr Samuel Aruwan said one of the brigands was killed during the exchange.
“I have been involved in two or three robberies at the popular meat market in Abakaliki,” one of the suspects said.
Six of the ladies are from different southern states of the country.
“This lingering crisis occurs because the existing polling units can no longer substantially guarantee the voter to exercise his/her fundamental right.”
The gun battle between the unknown gunmen and the security operatives in Orlu lasted several hours, as the military sent reinforcement from the 34 artillery brigade, Obinze.
The government has mandated the security agencies to prosecute any person found with such weapons.
An unspecified number of persons were burnt to death in an auto crash on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
According to him, INEC has been using the polling unit structure created in 1996, hence the need to expand.
A witness said the armed robbery, which lasted for about 20 minutes, recorded three casualties.