Troops Raid Militants In Niger Delta, Discover Payroll


SAN FRANCISCO October 06, (THEWILL) – Troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF), under Operation Delta Safe (ODS) have stormed the hideout of the suspected militants at Efut Esighi, Bakassi Local Government Area and obtained a Nominal roll containing 30 names of suspected members of the dreaded militant group, the Bakassi Strike Force (BSF).

This was revealed by Lt. Com. Thomas Otuji, Deputy Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC), on Thursday, in a statement in Yenagoa, revealing that the ODS was studying the names in the list to track and arrest them.

He said the troops also combed another hideout of the militants at Creek Road by Slaughter in Anantigha, Calabar South and arrested three suspected militants including one Moses Okokon, popularly known in the creeks as Alomo.

“When a Camry Toyota vehicle seized from Alomo was searched, sentry duty roasters, 73 wraps of substances suspected to be Indian hemp and the payroll were found in the vehicle,” he said.

“The Special Boat Service (SBS) was included into the operations of ODS to get rid of criminals operating in Southern Cross River State especially at Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas.

“Troops of Sector 4 while on patrol apprehended two suspected militants that stole two high-power outbound boat engines from boat operators.

“They were about selling the engines at Aqua Beach when the troops arrested them. The arrested suspects, Mr. Elijah Daniel and Francis Shedrack were subsequently handed over to Nigeria Police Force for further action.

“Different sectors of ODS stormed various creeks in the Niger Delta region and destroyed many illegal refineries at Opumami and Okogho creeks in Warri South and Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State.

“Bunkerers abandoned the site and fled on sighting the patrol boats but 16 cooking pots, two Cotonou boats filled with crude oil and wooden shelters were destroyed by the troops.

“Other items and weapons recovered at the sites include one carton of 70 mm ammunition, three pumping machines, two deep freezers, one generator and one 55 HP speedboats.

“In Rivers State a detachment of Sector 3 destroyed illegal bunkering sites along Bille creek during a routine patrol.

“No arrest was made as bunkerers fled the site on hearing the sound of own patrol boat. Similarly, while on anti-illegal patrol at Ogbongha and Bille creeks at Bonny Local Government Area, troops found five illegal oil dumps with five drums of stolen crude oil.

“The troops also found one 85 HP speedboat, four pumping machine, one welding machine, three parks of welding electrodes, two compressors, one generator, six shovels, three handsaw, one manual jack and 10 bags of cement.

“Troops operating in Delta State foiled an attempt by kidnappers following distress calls by well-meaning Nigerians.

“Troops immediately swung into action and rescued the victims. One Mrs. Vanessa Ilepi and Mrs. Tega Okoro were kidnapped at gunpoint along Amukpe in Warri.

“One of suspects Mr. Daniel Egbelu was arrested while two escaped. Effort is ongoing to apprehend the escaped suspected kidnappers. A locally cut-to-size made single barrel gun was recovered from the arrested kidnapper.

“Members of the public are therefore urged to provide useful information to own troops in order to apprehend these criminals.

“Operation Delta Safe will continue to ensure conducive environment for legitimate businesses to thrive within its joint operation area in line with its mandate.”

Story by David Oputah