JTF Arrests Suspected Oil Bunkering Kingpin

NSCDCThe joint task force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe has arrested a suspected oil bunkering kingpin, Nkwe Godspower.

The suspect was allegedly found with 10 different chequebooks, an international passport and over one million Naira.

The task force also arrested 50-year-old Matthew Okafor in connection with buying and selling of an international oil company wellhead, as well as three persons alleged to be actively involved in the manufacturing local arms.

Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Apochi Sulieman while parading the suspects reaffirmed his commitment as well as that of his officers to protecting oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger Delta.

The commander also commended the general public and the media for the support given to the troops in the effort to achieve its mandate.

Troops Intercept Pirates In Rivers State

Police, Sea Pirates, RiversOfficers of the Operation Delta Safe say they have ambushed a gang of sea criminals along KM-45 Awoba Waterways in Rivers State.

This was disclosed in a statement by the command on Wednesday.

“During the ambush operation, four robbers met their Waterloo. Items recovered include; two AK-47 rifles, three AK-47 magazines, 22 ammunitions and one speed boat mounted with one 200 Horse-Power engine.”

Also, the statement revealed that the troops destroyed a hide out of some pirates along the Bayelsa waterways.

“Troops patrolling along Bayelsa waterways acting on information, raided a pirates hideout along Forupa-Lobia waterways.

“However, sea pirates on sighting troops in advance fled the hideout, and left behind 3× fiber boats and one 75 Horse-Power engine. The hideout was subsequently destroyed instantly while the troops continue with their patrols”.

“In view of this, the Commander Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman wishes to commend law abiding citizens for their support by providing timely and useful information to troops. He appealed for more cooperation from inhabitants of the Joint Operation Area.

“He assured the communities, oil companies and other stakeholders of Operation Delta Safe to resolve to protect oil and gas infrastructure, prevent and deter Crude oil theft, sea robbery, pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminalities in the region that could impact negatively on the economy of the nation.”

Troops Kill Notorious Militant Leader, Ossy Ibori

Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE have killed a suspected notorious militant leader, Ossy Ibori, in Ondo State.

The suspect was killed in the wee hours of Monday morning during a shootout at a military checkpoint in Ajapa Creek, a source told Channels Television.

A military source said he was gunned down along with some members of his gang, while his body was identified by some of the locals in the area in Ese-Odo Local Government Area.

Ossy’s corpse is alleged to have been recovered by the military while other members of his gang retreated to the creeks.

Some members of his gang had earlier been arrested by officers of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team, and Ossy has been on the police watch list for his alleged involvement in various kidnappings in Lagos, Ogun and the South-South states.

Troops recovered one AK-47 rifle and four magazines, while the search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing.

According to the source, “Criminal gangs led by late Ossy Ibori have been terrorising parts of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states prior to this operation. They committed many atrocities, threatening the peace and security of the general areas.

“Last month, the gang killed an Army Captain and some policemen at Ikorodu. Also late last year, they abducted students and staff of a secondary school. The criminals in addition, carried out several attacks at Ese-Odo community around Ajakpa, Safarogbo and Balowo areas”.

One gallant soldier, however paid the supreme price while three others sustained gunshot wounds and have since been moved to military hospital for proper medical attention.

The military urged residents of the affected communities to remain calm, vigilant and support the troops with valuable information on the whereabouts of other criminals.

Sea Robbers Allegedly Kill Two Soldiers In Rivers

Residents Cry Out Over Insecurity In CalabarTwo soldiers have been reportedly killed after responding to a distress call by “heavily armed sea robbers” in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, was confirmed in a statement to Premium Times by a spokesperson for the Army, Major Abubakar Abdullahi.

The statement read: “Our troops deployed at Creek 6 Houseboat Cawthorne Channel, while responding to a distress call of sea robbers attack around Ijawkiri general area, engaged heavily armed sea robbers.

“Unfortunately, two gallant soldiers exhibited highest point of patriotism by paying supreme price, while three others sustained gunshot injuries”.

According to Major Abdullahi, the Joint Task Force is making concerted efforts to track and apprehend the criminals.

He hinted that during a patrol around Iyalama Adama area of Rivers State, troops discovered and destroyed 13 illegal refineries.

Abdullahi, however, said no arrest was made from the destruction.

“In continuation of its drive to accomplish its mandate, troops of Operation DELTA SAFE on patrol around Iyalama Adama axis of Rivers State, yesterday discovered and destroyed 13 illegal refineries,” he said.

Operation Delta Safe Destroys 80 Illegal Refineries

operation-delta-safeTroops of the joint operation Delta Safe, have intensified operations against crude oil theft and clamped down on 80 illegal refineries across Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states recently.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Co-ordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Major Abubakar Abdullahi.

In Bayelsa state, the troops, who patrolled around Obhoyohan and Ngiri Creeks in Nembe Local Government Area discovered and destroyed seven illegal refineries containing 150,000 litres of suspected stolen crude oil.

Meanwhile, in Delta state, a network of six illegal refineries made up of four storage tanks, two dug out pits filled with products suspected to be stolen crude oil, were discovered around Sara Abileye Swamp in Warri south west LGA.

Additionally, another patrol at the Ajoloso Creek axis in Elume community destroyed a camp, housing eight illegal refineries.

Similarly, troops destroyed nine illegal refineries comprising of four ground pits and three metal tanks filled with products suspected to be stolen crude oil at Katu, near Camp 5 also in Warri south west.

This is in addition to seven illegal refineries earlier destroyed around Opunami Creek.

Another patrol conducted around Udu, Ughelli South Local Government discovered eight illegal refinery depots at Udu trailer park and destroyed 1200 drums laden with 140 metric tonnes of illegally refined diesel.

In Rivers state also, troops destroyed other 10 illegal refineries around Bolo in Bonny Local Government.

This is in addition to 25 others earlier raided at Creek 6 and Ijokiri in the same LGA.

Three suspects have however been arrested in connection with the illegalities, and are currently undergoing investigation

The statement further appealed to citizens to cooperate with security officials.

“Let me appeal to all law abiding citizen to continue to support Operation Delta Safe operational activities with valuable information.

“All hands must be on deck to frustrate the activities of economic saboteurs.

“Let me also advise the sponsors and operators of illegal refineries to desist from the economic sabotage which begets environmental pollution and other social problems. Our troops would not relent until our mandate is achieved”.

Two Suspected Militants Shot In Bayelsa

crocodile-smileTwo suspected militants have been killed in the creeks of Bayelsa State by the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe (ODS).

They were reportedly shot dead when the troops raided and destroyed their camp at Obama Flow Station in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

A statement by a spokesman for the operation, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, said “troops of Sector Two carried out the raid following a tip-off by locals”.

Daudu identified one of the suspects as a notorious criminal popularly known as Labista.

“Labista, who was on the wanted list of security agencies, was said to be behind some high profile kidnapping, killing of security personnel in ambush, piracy, armed robbery and other criminal activities,” the statement read.

Daudu further said: “Labista and his cohort dived into the river in a bid to escape while the raid was ongoing and were engaged by troops. At the end of the operation the bodies of two notorious criminals were found floating on water.

“They were recovered and deposited at government mortuary.

“Items recovered are two single barrel guns, cutlass and four speed boats”.

He also quoted the Commander, ODS, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, as assuring the people of the region of their safety and security.

Suleiman also encouraged the people not to condone any form of sabotage, vandalism or acts of criminality because of their negative effects on the environment and economy.

Militancy resurfaced in Niger Delta region of Nigeria in the second quarter of 2015, with the militants pushing for the emancipation of the region, attacking oil installations in the region.

Their activities last year forced Nigeria’s crude oil output down to less than a million barrels per day, according to Nigeria’s minister of information.

Two Persons Allegedly Shot Dead At Bayelsa’s Polaku Community

Chevron Pipeline, Niger Delta Militants, DeltaTwo persons have allegedly been shot dead at Polaku community of Yenagoa Local Government Council area of Bayelsa State.

The persons are alleged to have been shot by troops attached to the Joint Military Task Force code named “Operation Delta Safe”.

According to sources, the two were shot dead at the Polaku water front on the alleged suspicion of being in possession of sack of rifles purportedly meant for some unrepentant sea pirates at the Egbedi community of Kolokuma and Opokuma.

While some community sources claimed that the boat driver, popularly known as ‘Mike’, was unaware of the sack of guns kept in his boat by his customers.

Others claimed that the suspects were shot dead on arrival at the jetty, with the boat driver jumping into the river and shouting out his innocence but was shot by the soldiers.

Sources said the incident had thrown the Polako community into panic.

An eyewitness who spoke with Channels Television’s correspondent stated that “the indigenes of the community were surprised by the arrival of some patrol team of soldiers at Polako water front”.

“When they arrived, they took positions.

“Upon sighting the boat with some passengers, they opened fire.

“We suspected that the soldiers acted on a tip-off. But we were worried that the boat driver was shot instead of arresting him. Some arrest were also made in the process and they recovered the sack of rifles,” the source said.

Attempts to get a confirmation from the spokesman of the Operation Delta Safe (ODS), Lieutenant Colonel Laolu Dawodu, failed, as several calls to his phone were not answered.

Military Parades Suspected Pipeline Vandals In Bayelsa

Operation Delta Safe, Military , Bayelsa, Pipeline VandalsThe military joint task force in south-south Nigeria says it has apprehended a notorious pipeline vandal popularly known as “General Eagle”.

The Commander of the task force code-named “Operation Delta Safe”, Rear Admiral Apochi Sulieman, announced the arrest on Thursday during a media parley at the JTF Headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Rear Admiral Sulieman said that based on a tip off, the task force also raided a lodge and arrested one Mr Funebi.

The second suspect was alleged to be a known sea pirate and pipeline bleeding expert, as well as an henchman in charge of arms.

The commander further revealed that three other suspects were arrested for pipeline vandalism and items recovered from their hideout are seven mobile phones, 15 identity cards, an ATM card and a jack knife.

While the suspects are still undergoing further interrogations, the task force has reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring peace and economic stability in the Niger Delta region.

Niger Delta Joint Military Force Pledges To Improve Tactics

Niger Delta Joint Military Force Pledges To Improve TacticsThe newly deployed Commander of the Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta christened ‘Operation Delta Safe’, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleman, has pledged to introduce new tactics to improve ongoing operations in the region.

Suleman, made the pledge in an interview session with newsmen in Yenagoa on Saturday.

He noted that the military is in the region to protect oil facilities and check criminality.

He said that some of the new strategies he would introduce are to strengthen the joint military operations against renewed militancy and agitations in the Niger Delta region.

“In my short time of assumption of duty on November 16, 2016, I have tried to sustain and improve on the peace which has yielded some successes.

“Just a few days ago on Wednesday, troops in Cross River encountered militants in a gun duel around Ikang axis and arrested one of the militants and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition.

“I must commend the efforts of my predecessor Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, and will fall back on my experiences as Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) at the Central Naval Command in Yenagoa,” Suleman said.

He said that Operation Delta Safe under his command would not condone unprovoked attack on the military by communities under its area of responsibility.

“The last attack on the military men on duty, killing some in cold blood is regrettable and condemnable and when our men went after their killers there was public outcry.

“This a note of warning that any community that attacks our soldiers should be ready for the consequences. – We shall not tolerate any community that habours criminals, we are not here to invade any community, but we are after criminals.

“Any community that habours criminals has lost its immunity and any further unprovoked attack shall be resisted with every resource at our disposal and we shall remain within our mandate,” he stressed.

Troops Seize Illegal Bunkering Equipment In Delta Safe Operations

illegal-bunkeringTroops of Sector 1 of the Operation Delta Safe have seized some illegal bunkering equipment along Chanomi North bank pipeline in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

The seizure was made during operations within the area.

Other items recovered include one welding machine, two inserted valves, two shovels, two filing machines, two packets of electrolyte, one hose, bolts, nuts of various sizes and a pumping machine.

Troops while on patrol also discovered militants and kidnappers camp at Rumuekpe.

A statement by the Operation Delta Safe that gave a breakdown of troops operations within the Niger Delta region said that the camp was destroyed.

Also, troops handed over to Ughelli Area Command, two suspects, Julius Egorume and Ese Ohoro, who were arrested earlier in connection with act of vandalism at Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Well Head 12, located between Otu Jeremi and Ukpiovwin communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

In another location in Ugbemu Village along Oghara Benin Road in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, troops also intercepted a tipper with registration number Akwa Ibom XA 240 KTD carrying 200 litres locally constructed tanks filled with product suspected to be illegally refined diesel.

Three suspects were arrested alongside the tipper and products undergoing preliminary investigation.

A patrol team at Adeje community along Sapele-Warri Road in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State intercepted a Volkswagen car with registration number Anambra AH 615 ATN carrying 27 Containers of 25 litre Jerry cans filled with product suspected to be illegally refilled Dual Purpose Kerosene. Suspect, vehicle and product are undergoing preliminary investigation.

Another patrol team intercepted a suspected 15,000 litre tanker truck with registration number Lagos XU 140 BDG loaded with product suspected to be illegally refined diesel and arrested suspects in connection with the truck.

In Warri, troops in conjunction with the Police embarked on patrol to Ehnehre Kolokolo Community in the area used by suspected hoodlums who normally terrorize the Community. They also carried out a Cordon and Search Operations, arresting 36 hoodlums whom have been handed over to the Police for further screening.

According to the statement, one Mrs Chiosa Ossai, a staff of SEPLAT was reportedly kidnapped with her father, Mr Sunday Ossai along Sapele Eku Road in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.

Search operations are ongoing by own troops in conjunction with the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service operatives and Vigilante members.

In Ethiope West Local Government Area, a suspected truck used for illegal bunkering with registration number Edo XA 176 EKP was arrested with product behind Otumara Community.

Following intelligence report on possession of illegal firearms by some youths in Onugbo Community, Warri South Local Government Are, cordon and search operations were launched, with six suspects arrested in possession of one pump action gun, one dane gun, 12 live cartridge and two cutlasses.

Operation Delta Safe troops deployed at Uti in Uvwie Local Government Area also intercepted a gang of armed robbers in an ash coloured Toyota Camry car.

The suspects were alleged to have escaped arrest and were chased by a Police patrol team and on sighting own troops, suspects jumped out of the vehicle and fled.

However, one suspect was shot dead.

One cut to size gun, two locally made pistols, nine live cartridges and the vehicle were recovered and handed over to the Police.

Troops Find 23 Human Skulls In Alleged Militants Shrines In Cross River State

troops discover human skulls in shrines in Cross River Troops of the Joint Tasks Force code named “Operation Delta Safe” have discovered shrines in Cross River State suspected to be that of militants with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition.

They also found a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts in the four shrines discovered during clearance operations in the State.

In a statement the operation said it would sustain efforts to fulfill its mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas infrastructure.

The statement by the Coordinator Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, reveals that troops of Sector 2, Operation Delta Safe in Bayelsa State acting on intelligence, also trailed a group of people which led to the arrest of 44 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

They were apprehended at Lakeview Club along Mabinton Estate, Okaka road in Yenagoa the capital of the state.

Four Militants Shrines 

The group, according to the troops was planning to establish Bayelsa State Chapter of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra group and disrupt public peace within the State.

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Some of the suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra arrested by the troops

While carrying out a raid in Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of the State, the troops of Sector 4 of Operation Delta Safe in Cross River State discovered four militant shrines.

Two suspects were arrested while on patrol at Idebe Ifak Anam, Ikot Okon Edem and Abakpa of Bakassi Local Government Area in Cross River State.

The statement says Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects were agents of Bakassi Strike Force Militants who act as spies.

In another operation, troops of Sector 3, Operation Delta Safe in Rivers State, following a distress call from Finima in Bonny of an attack by some cult members using AK 47 riffles to terrorise members of the community, raided the hideout of the cultist.

The suspected king pin popularly referred to as Eagle Face dived into the river on sighting troops.

Two of the suspected cult members were arrested while one locally made pistol, one machete and two handsets were recovered.

According to the military statement, the body of the suspected king pin was later seen floating in the creeks by locals who recovered and buried the corpse at Bonny River bank.

The Acting Commander of the Tasks Force, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, has reassured residents and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of their safety and advised that they should go about their legitimate businesses.

Militant activities had resurged in the Niger Delta region last year, with militants attacking oil installations in the region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

They had said they agreed to a ceasefire and would begin negotiation with the Federal Government but later resumed attacks, claiming it was launched as a warning to the military to stop harassing youths in the Niger Delta.

44 Suspected Members Of IPOB Arrested In Bayelsa State

suspected members of ipobTroops of the Joint Tasks Force code named “Operation Delta Safe” have arrested 44 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria.

A statement by the Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, revealed that troops of Sector 2, Operation Delta Safe in Bayelsa State made the arrest acting on intelligence.

He said that the troops trailed a group of people which led to the arrest of the 44 persons at Lakeview Club along Mabinton Estate, Okaka road in Yenagoa the capital of the state..

The statement further said that the arrest was in fulfilment of  the troops mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas infrastructure.

The group, according to the troops was planning to establish Bayelsa State Chapter of the banned IPOB group and disrupt public peace within the State.

In another operation in Cross river state, troops of Sector 4 of Operation Delta Safe also discovered four shrines suspected to be that of militants with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition.

They found a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts in the four shrines discovered during clearance operations in the State.

 

The shrine was discovered while carrying out a raid in Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of Cross River State.

Two suspects were arrested while on patrol at Idebe Ifak Anam, Ikot Okon Edem and Abakpa of Bakassi Local Government Area in Cross River State.

The statement says Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects were agents of Bakassi Strike Force Militants who act as spies.

In another operation, troops of Sector 3, Operation Delta Safe in Rivers State, following a distress call from Finima in Bonny of an attack by some cult members using AK 47 riffles to terrorise members of the community, raided the hideout of the cultist.

The suspected king pin popularly referred to as Eagle Face dived into the river on sighting troops.

Two of the suspected cult members were arrested while one locally made pistol, one machete and two handsets were recovered.

According to the military statement, the body of the suspected king pin was later seen floating in the creeks by locals who recovered and buried the corpse at Bonny River bank.

The Acting Commander of the Tasks Force, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, has reassured residents and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of their safety and advised that they should go about their legitimate businesses.

Militant activities had resurged in the Niger Delta region last year, with militants attacking oil installations in the region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

They had said they agreed to a ceasefire and would begin negotiation with the Federal Government but later resumed attacks, claiming it was launched as a warning to the military to stop harassing youths in the Niger Delta.