Two (2) members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group have been allegedly killed and three (3) others arrested by the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta (Operation Delta Safe).
The two (2) dead militants are suspected to be among those who killed four (4) soldiers at their checkpoint at the entrance of Nembe, in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, on August 8, 2016.
According to Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, he state on Monday that troops recovered many arms and ammunitions and even gunboat from the militants. The JTF invaded their camp at Saraba Creek, near Okiama community, Okigbene located in Southern Ijaw Local Government.
One of the militant, Austin Dikro, while speaking to journalists said that the initial incident occurred on August 8, when they were returning from an operation. He said that the route they wanted to follow had dried up, making it difficult for them to pass with their speedboat.
It was at that point that their dead leader ordered them to pass through the military checkpoint and engage the soldiers.
The Commander, Rear Admiral Okojie, in his statement said;
“The sources of acquiring illicit wealth is being degraded, hence the resort to attacking our locations. You will recall that on Monday, August 8, 2016, at about 0930hours, a group suspected to be members of the Niger Delta Avengers, disguised as mourners, attacked and killed four of our soldiers at their duty post in Nembe.
“Three suspects were arrested and a large quantity of arms, ammunition and the gunboat that was taken from Nembe on August 8,2016 were recovered.”
“Let me use this opportunity to reiterate the fact that no criminal would go free, wherever they are. Be rest assured we will get them and ensure they face justice. Let me reaffirm the commitment of the JTF, Operation Delta Safe, of its resolve to ensure peace and economic stability in the region.”
Some of the arms recovered from the militants 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.
Also seized during the raid, he said, were 1,145 rounds of 7.62mm metal link, 2, 485 rounds of 7.62mm ball cartons, 370 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and 1,356 rounds of 7.62mm NATO.