Troops launch manhunt for Niger Delta militants who killed JTF members

Posted by News Express | 9 August 2016 | 2,856 times

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The Operation Delta Safe force has deployed reinforcement team to apprehend suspected militants that killed three members of the Joint Task Force on Monday Morning.

Three members of the Joint Task Force, code named Operation Delta Safe were allegedly killed in Nembe, a riverine area of Bayelsa State.

A statement by a spokesman for the military, Lieutenant Commander, A. Ahmed, said the attack occurred at about 10:00am local  time.

The officers came under attack at a checkpoint mounted by the Nembe waterway checkpoint by persons suspected to be militants.

“The commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, has consequently deployed reinforcement team to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” the statement read.

Rear Admiral Okojie further warned that henceforth, Operation Delta Safe would go on offensive to fish out criminals in the region.

Lieutenant Commander, Ahmed said that the attack by militants was as a result of the ongoing operation of the Joint Task Force operation Delta Safe aimed at flushing out all forms of criminality especially pipeline vandalism and destruction of illegal refinery within the region.

He further assured law abiding public particularly the Nembe community that Operation Delta Safe was mandated to ensure conducive and safe water ways for legitimate business in the Joint Operation Areas.

Militancy has increased in the oil-rich region in the last five months with several oil installations attacked, a situation the Nigerian government said had made worse Nigeria’s poor power supply situation.

As a result of the militants activities, the nation’s crude oil production has also dipped in the last few months, reducing the nation’s revenue which largely depends on crude oil sale

•Sourced from Channels TV. Photo shows marine troops.

Source: News Express

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