JTF arrest three militants, vandals in Delta

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Troops attached Operation Pulo Shield (OPS), formerly known as Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta have nabbed three suspected militants and vandals following a raid on active camps located in the creeks of Delta State.

The troops also recovered explosives identified as dynamites and cache of arms from the suspected militants and vandals who operated along the Benin River and adjoining creeks in Itagbene, Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State.

Parading the suspects and the arms at the OPS Headquarters, Yenagoa yesterday, the Commander, OPS, Maj.-Gen. Alani Okunlola, named them as Mako Ajigidi, a.k.a Sorsor, Godspower Alebi and Okiti Ariri.

He listed the recovered arms as one Light Machine Gun (LMG), five AK47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one LAR rifle, 20 AK47 magazines, 415 rounds special and other ammunition.

He said 10 explosives identified as dynamites and bundles of detonating cords were also impounded from the militants.

Okunlola said the feat was achieved through ongoing intensive patrols and raids of suspected militants’ camps.

He said, “The operation is a continuous one aimed at recovering all illegally acquired arms that have found their way into the Niger Delta region.

“l call on the good people of the Niger Delta region to key into our zero tolerance campaign against illegalities  and also give useful information that will aid troops to track and arrest miscreants.”

He said the joint task force remained determined to fight against crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in the Niger Delta region.

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