Nigerian military operatives have gunned down two suspected members of the foremost militant group – Niger Delta Avenger in a foiled attack.
The Joint Military Force deployed to the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe says it successfully repelled an attack by Niger Delta Avengers at a gas facility in Delta and killed two pirates in ongoing operations in the region.
A statement by Lt-Col. Olaolu Daudu, Spokesman of the Joint Force, made this known in Bayelsa on Tuesday. Daudu said that the operations were carried out between Saturday and Tuesday.
Troops deployed at Delta State while on watch at the Nigeria Gas Company Outpost in Batan/Egwa Area of Warri South West Local Government of Delta encountered suspected militants who claimed to be members of Niger Delta Avengers.
“They came in two 200 Horsepower Speed capacity boats but were subsequently engaged and repelled. Effort is ongoing to apprehend the criminals.
“Troops also rescued a Passenger boat from sea robbers at Idoro River in Ozobo Community, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State. “While trying to escape, the sea robbers’ boat collided with that of the passenger boat and capsized.
“Four of the suspected sea robbers were arrested however, four locally made double barrel guns belonging to the suspects fell into the river.
“Efforts are ongoing to recover the guns while suspects are in custody for further investigation. They are presently in custody for further investigation,”
He also said that troops on patrol at Asugbo Tibigbene and Beneth River Warri South Local Government Area impounded a wooden boat carrying 53 drums of illegally refined substance at Asugbo.
Also, troops while on clearance operation at Yorkiri, Obotobo, Chamomi Creek Okerenkoko and Open river arrested a Cotonou boat conveying Jerrycans for possible loading of substance.