By Augustine Osayande
Nigerian Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE has raided Pirates/Militants operation camp at Tukugbene Ayama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said the troops acted on actionable and credible intelligence on a suspected pirate/sea robber gang leader Mr Lanre and mounted surveillance on the suspect who came into town from Port Harcourt with one AYI ABUH, also a notorious Kidnapper/pirate.
Enenche said the troops conducted a raid operation of the pirates’ camp at Tukugbene-Ayama ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on 4 August 2020.
He said the operation was aimed at extracting LANRE and AYI ABUH as well as other members of the gang from the community.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations said upon arrival at the personal jetty of the suspect, troops met heavy resistance from harassing gun fire from pirates/militants in 5 boats that approached from adjoining creek.
He said the overwhelming fire power of the troops led to the forceful withdrawal of the pirates/militants with various degrees of gunshots wounds.
Enenche said the gallant troops sustained the fire fight until 5 of the pirates/militants were neutralised ashore.
He said three of the attacking boats were sunk while the occupants with various degrees of gunshots wounds escaped into the river.
Enenche said the troops recovered 3 boats from the pirates, took over the jetty and advanced to the objective area which was empty.
He said while the exchange of fire was ongoing LANRE and AYI ABUH escaped.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, said a complete cordon-and-search operation was carried out on the building where the suspects were believed to be residing and the building was cleared.
He said 3 AK47 rifles with a magazine, two 200 HP Yamaha outbound engines and three 115HP Yamaha outbound engines were recovered in the process
In a related development, troops also acting on credible and actionable intelligence about a notorious criminal/kidnapper and oil thief popularly known as AKALAMI High Chief AKA SAMMY, raided his identified hideout along Mbiama East West road.
Enenche confirmed that the kingpin was neutralised while attempting to escape during the operation.
He said a locally made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the criminal.
Enenche said Sammy was reported to be a close ally to a notorious criminal known as VIP suspected to be one of the masterminds of the killing of 5 Battalion Soldiers around East West road.
He said the Military High Command had congratulated the gallant troops on their dexterity and encouraged them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of pirates/militants in the Niger Delta region of the country.