The Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, said on Wednesday that it had killed five suspected militants and two pirates in the last three days. Spokesman of the force, Lt.-Cdr. Thomas Osuji, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the task force had also arrested three other suspects. Osuji said the arrest was made at Ikot Ene, Akpabuyo Local Government Area in Cross River.
He said that the troops had also rescued a boat laden with rice and some passengers earlier seized by suspected members of a gang known as Bakassi Strike Force. The suspects were killed by troops from Sector 4 of the Operation Delta Safe in conjunction with some local vigilantes at Parrot Island, Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River. The pirates were killed by troops from Sector 3 of the Joint Task Force stationed at Idama Waterside in Rivers. The spokesman said that a life vest; one Ak-47 riffle; 2 AK-47 magazines and 40 pieces of 7.62 mm special ammunition were recovered by the troops. The troops also recovered two cell phones and one speedboat mounted with 140 horsepower outboard engine from the suspected hoodlums.
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