JTF arrests three suspects, rescues 12 from kidnappers

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It was gathered that the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe has arrested three suspects and rescued 12 victims of armed robbers, sea pirates and kidnappers.

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The outfit said the feat was achieved in its operations during the week in some parts of the region.

The Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, ODS, Lt. Col. Olaolu Dauda, said in a statement on Saturday that six civilians were rescued from armed robbers in Delta State.

He also said three persons were rescued from pirates in Bayelsa and three other others from kidnappers in Delta.

Dauda said while one of the suspects, Mr. Ebi Youbodha, was arrested in Imiringi, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Mr. Moses Eni and Mrs. Boyi Kamanda, were arrested in Delta State.

Speaking about the operations, Dauda said, “Troops of Sector 1 in Delta State foiled an armed robbery attempt and rescued six civilians returning from the market along Bomadi-Agadama Road by Ohoro Junction in Ughelli North LGA of Delta State.

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“The suspected armed robbers fled into the bush on sighting the troops.

“In another development, troops of Sector 2, while on an anti-illegal bunkering patrol around Imiringi general area of Ogbia, Bayelsa State, arrested one Mr. Ebi Youbodha in a Nissan Sunny vehicle with number plate Rivers AJ 252 NCH.

“Items recovered were 33 jerry cans of substances suspected to be illegally refined dual-purpose kerosene. The suspect is undergoing preliminary investigations.

“In addition, troops deployed in Koluama conducted a raid on sea pirates hideout in Kasabubou-Forupa waterways, Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State.

“The troops rescued three persons namely: Peter Atijera, Lukeman Balogun and Pius John. The troops recovered speedboat mounted with double engine 115/80 horse power, two binoculars and one Motorola radio.”

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The spokesman for the ODS also said the troops of Sector 3 halted a major fracas among the youth of Ayama village in Aladja community of Warri South-West.

He said the crisis led to the death of one Mr. Sunday Obuche from Ayama community.

He noted that the presence of troops forestalled the degeneration of the crisis and further loss of lives, saying that the corpse of Obuche had been deposited at Onvian Aladja Police Station while a meeting with the warring factions was being organised to forestall any reprisal.

Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organisation has condemned the alleged invasion and destruction of Sand-Sand community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State by troops of the ODS.

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The group said it had petitioned the Federal Government and the National Assembly to probe the incident with a view to ascertaining the true position of things.

Aggrieved indigenes of the community had on Friday cried out over alleged invasion by armed soldiers in search of suspected members of a militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.

The community had alleged that though the soldiers neither made any arrests nor discovered the militants, they allegedly destroyed many houses, churches and schools.

The CLO, in its petition signed by its Bayelsa State Chairman, to the National Assembly was signed by Chief Nengi James and the Acting Research Secretary, Kenneth Okorodas.

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