Friday, 7 October 2016

Militants attempting to kidnap some victims foiled by JTF

         kidnapping which is becoming rampant has been a huge problem in the society.
The high increase of kidnapping was one of the reason the troops of the Joint Military Force (JTF) were deployed to the Niger Delta Operation Delta Safe. Fortunately they intercepted a militant kidnap attempt and freed two victims.
 Five of the suspects have been arrested. Lt Cdr Thomas Otuji attributed the success recorded so far to the distress calls from the members of the public.Also several refineries were destroyed during the operations.
Some  of the victims like Mrs Vanessa Ilepi and Mrs Tega Okoro who were kidnapped at gun point in Warri have been rerleased and police as still on the look for the suspected kidnappers.

‘’A locally made single barrel gun was recovered from the arrested suspected kidnapper,’’ he said.
Nation gathered that the JTF members also found and destroyed 16 cooking pots, two Cotonou boats filled with crude oil and four wooden shelters at the sites.
‘’Also one carton of 70 mm ammunition, three pumping machines, two deep freezers, one generator and a 55 Horse-power speed boat were found and destroyed at the site.’’
According to him, troops on Oct. 4, also discovered and destroyed illegal bunkering sites along Bille creek, Bonny Local Government Area in River during a routine patrol.
He said that special boat services had been deployed to degrade and fish out elements of Bakassi Strike Force militants tormenting innocent citizens at Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas in Cross River.
“Meanwhile, troops of Sector 4 of Operation DELTA SAFE, while on patrol, apprehended two suspected militants who stole two high-powered boats with outboard engines from boat operators.
“They were about selling the engines at Aqua Beach when JTF troops arrested the suspects and handed them to the Nigeria Police for further action.’’
He further said that the troops had launched an operation at a hideout in Okon Mkpa Community of Efut Esighi, Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River.
Otuji said that the operation was prompted by a tip-off indicating the presence of some militants in the area.
“Troops, in company of the special boat services, immediately raided the criminals’ hideouts and apprehended three suspected militants.
“The following items were recovered at the scene: a Toyota Camry vehicle belonging to one of the suspected militants, sentry duty rosters and 73 wraps of substance suspected to be Indian hemp.
‘’A book containing over 30 names of suspected militants’ nominal roll for the scheduled payment of allowances was also found in the car.
“Preliminary investigation to ascertain the names in the book has commenced,’’ he said.

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