Thursday, 17 December 2015

Troops arrest suspected militants, recover arms, dynamites

Troops of the Joint Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, have arrested suspected militants and pipeline vandals during their operations in the region.

They also said they recovered guns and ammunition including powerful explosives which the suspects allegedly used to blow off pipelines.
The arrested suspects and the recovered arms and ammunition were paraded at headquarters of the OPS on Opolo Road, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, on Thursday.
The Commander, OPS, Major General Alani Okunlola, said during a news conference that the apprehension of the suspects and recovery of weapons were effected during raids on militant camps.
He said the feat was achieved during their operation along Benin river and adjoining creeks in Itagbene, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State last week.
The suspects’ names according to Okunlola are Mako Ajagidi, aka Sorsor; Godspower Alebi and Okiti Ariri.
The Commander said the items recovered during the operation were one light machine gun, five AK 47 rifles, one G3 rifle and one LAR rifle.
Others, according to him, were 20 AK 47 magazines, two LAR rifle magazines, 145 rounds of 7.62mm X 39mm special, 299 x 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 273 rounds of 5.65mm ammunition, 10 dynamites and bundles of two detonating cords.
Okunlola said, “The recovery of arms and ammunition is as a result of the raids on suspected militant camps.
“The operation is a continuous one aimed at recovering all illegally acquired arms that have found their way into the Niger Delta region.”
The OPS commander called on the people of the Niger Delta to key into the outfit’s zero tolerance campaign against illegalities in the region.
He also urged the people to give useful information that would aid the troops of the Joint Task Force to track down and arrest hoodlums.
He reassured the people of the command’s vigour and determination in the fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in the Niger Delta.
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