By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Nigerian military, yesterday reported that troops of Operation Delta SAFE had dislodged militia camps, rescued five expatriates who were kidnapped by militants in Yellow Island on May 9.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the rescued victims comprised three Russians, 1 Ukrainian and 1 Equatorial Guinean.
Enenche said the victims are currently receiving medical attention at the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder Medical Centre.
According to him, the feat was achieved by a joint team from Forward Operating Base Bonny and troops of 146 Battalion following a credible intelligence reports
He said the troops after a thorough search and rescue operation raided four identified sea pirates hideouts at Ibiakafemo, Idinkiri, Tombie and Ogboma, added that the camps were totally destroyed
“The identified camps were subsequently destroyed to deny the pirates freedom of action.
“Consequently, on the early hours of 6 October 2020, the pirates/militants compelled by the ongoing operation surrendered to the gallant troops and handed over the 5 kidnapped foreign expatriates at Iwofe Waterfront.
“In a related development, the joint team intercepted 2 large wooden boats laden with an estimated 350,000 litres of suspected stolen illegally refined AGO and about 10,000 litres of stolen crude oil. The stolen petroleum products have been recovered to the Base.
“The Military High Command commends the gallant troops for their resilience and encourages them to sustain the tempo against the enemies of our country.
“The general public is always encouraged to support the troops by providing credible intelligence that will aid the operations,” he said.