JTF commander, soldiers escape in jetty mishap


Officers and men of the Joint Task Force (JTF), in the Niger Delta, led by their commander, Suleman Apochi with other senior military chiefs survived a mishap in Calabar as the Ikang River jetty collapsed, hurling personnel into the river.

The spokesperson of the JTF christened Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Thursday said the incident aborted an operational patrol led by the commander to troops’ locations across the region.

Abdullahi explained that all the personnel swam out of the river and recovered all the arms and ammunition while some who sustained minor injuries have received medical care adding that the troops withdrew to restrategise and reschedule the operation.

“The Commander OPDS, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, Commander Nigerian Naval Ship, NNS Victory, Operation Delta Safe Component Commanders, Commander Sector 4 along with other Senior Officers and soldiers, all fell into Ikang River. This was a result of the complete collapse of the Jetty at Ikang at about 10:00am on Wednesday.

“However, as a result of the survival capability of the Officers and men, all personnel, weapons and other equipment were recovered with slight injuries to some personnel which have been treated.

“The team has retired back to Calabar to re-strategize and go ahead with the planned patrol and inspection,” Abdullahi said.