Troops Rescue 2 Abductees in S/South, Nab 3 Robbers

Two persons abducted by gunmen in the South South have been rescued by troops of Operation Delta Safe.

The troops also killed three armed robbers, and arrested five criminals, says the Defence Media Operations, DMO.

Acting Director of the DMO, Bernard Onyeuko, revealed this on Thursday at a media briefing on military operations, across the country.

The five criminals nabbed, he said, were associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery.

According to Onyeuko, a Brigadier General, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE have remained steadfast in the execution of land, maritime and air operations in the South-South Zone, to forestall activities of economic saboteurs and other criminal elements.

“In the course of these operations, troops discovered and deactivated illegal oil refining/bunkering sites; impounded vessels as well as other equipment and items used for illegal bunkering activities and in some occasions arrested some criminal elements and recovered arms and ammunition.

“In Bayelsa State, these were recorded in Ekeremor, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw LGAs; while in Delta State, some significant achievements were recorded in Sapele, Warri South and Warri South West LGAs.

“Also attendant results were recorded in Ahoada, Onne, Elele, Isiokpo, Emoha, Port Harcourt, Bonny, Andoni, Ikwere and Gokhana LGAs of Rivers State.

“Cumulatively, troops discovered and immobilized a total of 27 illegal refining sites, 57 ovens, 17 cooking pots/boilers, 2 cooling systems, 37 reservoirs, 9 large dugout pits and 27 storage tanks, drums and sacks laden with illegally refined oil products,” he said.

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