Bayelsa - The Commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, ODS, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, has disclosed that his unit killed two militants suspected to be members of the rampaging Niger Delta Avengers, while three others were arrested, Punch reports.
The militants were alleged to have killed four soldiers on August 8, 2016 at a military check point in Bayelsa State.
The gunmen, who dressed in mourning outfit had opened fire on the ODS detachment, killing the soldiers, after which they made away with their arms, ammunition and military gunboat.
The Commander of the outfit, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, said on Monday that the troops recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, adding that a military gunboat seized from the soldiers was also recovered.
Okojie said that the search for the suspected killers led them to a hideout in a camp at Saraba Creek, near Okiama community, Okigbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government, where the soldiers located the militants and engaged them in a gun duel, leading to the death of two suspects and the arrest of three others.
According to him, among the items recovered from the suspected hoodlums include nine AK 47 rifles, an FN rifle, four HK 21 MGs, one G3 MG, three GPMGs, 20 AK 47 magazines, two G3 magazines, one FN magazine, one container of gunpowder, the gunboat seized from the murdered soldiers and military accoutrements.
Meanwhile the Niger Delta Avengers group has appointed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka to lead its team that would negotiate with the federal government in resolving the current conflict between the group and the government according to News24.
Soyinka is expected to lead six other eminent people nominated by the NDA to meet with the government to explore ways of securing a ceasefire and restoring lasting peace in the region.
- News 24