The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation DELTA SAFE on Tuesday in Bayelsa State raided the Pirates/Militants’ camp and Kidnappers’ hideouts, eliminating six criminals.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Enenche said the troops, acting on credible intelligence, monitored movements of a suspected pirate/sea gang leader, who had sneaked into town from Port Harcourt, in company with another known notorious kidnapper.
He explained that the troops thereafter raided the pirates’ camp at Tukugbene-Ayama ijaw Local Government Area, to arrest both suspects and their gang members.
According to him, upon arrival at the personal jetty of the suspect, troops met heavy resistance from harassing gunfire from pirates/militants in five boats that approached from adjoining creek.
“But the overwhelming firepower of our troops led to the forceful withdrawal of the pirates/militants, with various degrees of gunshot wounds.
“The gallant troops sustained the firefight until five of the pirates/militants were neutralised ashore.
“Furthermore, three of the attacking boats were sunk while the occupants with various degrees of gunshot wounds escaped into the river.
“In the process, troops recovered three boats from the pirates.
“Additionally, our troops took over the jetty and advanced to the objective area which was empty,” he said.
Enenche said that the troops cordon off the area and conducted a search of the building where the suspects were believed to be residing and thereafter cleared the building.
He disclosed that the troops recovered three AK47 rifles with a magazine, two 200 HP Yamaha outbound engines, and three 115HP Yamaha outbound engines during the operation.