The Defence Headquarters has said that it’s troops deployed for Operation DELTA SAFE, acting on actionable and credible intelligence on a suspected pirate/sea robber gang leader, one Mr. Lanre, mounted surveillance on the suspect who came into town from Port Harcourt with one Ayi Abuh also a notorious Kidnapper/pirate.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said the troops conducted a raid operation of the pirates’ camp at Tukugbene-Ayama ijaw LGA Bayelsa State on August 4, 20 with the aim of extracting both Lanre and Ayi Abuh as well as other members of the gang from the community.
He said the operation led to the neutralization of five militants while the prime suspects escaped following gun battle.
He said “upon arrival at the personal jetty of the suspect, troops met heavy resistance from harassing gun fire from pirates/militants in 5 boats that approached from adjoining creek. The overwhelming fire power of own troops led to the forceful withdrawal of the pirates/militants with various degree of gunshots wounds.
“The gallant troops sustained the fire fight until 5 of the pirates/militants were neutralized ashore.”
He added that three of the attacking boats were sunk while the occupants with various degree of gunshots wounds escaped into the river.
The troops in the process recovered three boats from pirates, three AK47 rifles with a magazine, two 200 HP Yamaha outbound engines and three 115HP Yamaha outbound engines and took over the jetty.
“It was believed that while the exchange of fire was ongoing LANRE and AYI ABUH escaped. A complete cordon and search was carried out on the building where the suspects were believed to be residing and thereafter the building was cleared.
In a related development, troops acting on credible and actionable intelligence about a notorious criminal/kidnapper and oil thief popularly known as AKALAMI High Chief AKA SAMMY swiftly mobilized to his identified hideout along Mbiama East West road where the kingpin was neutralized while attempting to escape. Items recovered include a locally made pistol and cartridges.
He said the kingpin Sammy is reported to be a close ally to a notorious criminal known as VIP suspected to be one of the mastermind of the killing of 5 Battalion Soldiers around East West road.
The Military High Command therefore congratulates the troops for their dexterity and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of pirates/militants in the Niger Delta region of the country.