Yenagoa – The Joint Task Force in Niger Delta on Thursday said it destroyed seven camps used by militants and sea pirates in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
The raid followed an attack by gunmen on a convoy of policemen while on escort duties which left 12 policemen dead on April 6.
A statement by Lt Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Media Coordinator of the task force, said the camps had been identified as bases used by the militants and pirates for their nefarious activities.
He said the high wave of violent crime along the Delta/Bayelsa flank had caused untold hardship to law abiding residents of the areas.
Nwachukwu said the JTF on Tuesday began the raid on the hideouts to rid the water ways and creeks of criminal hide outs and to restore normalcy.
“Identified criminal hideouts used for keeping kidnap victims in Lobia 1, Lobia 2 and Okugbe in the Southern Ijaw local government area were also scuttled during the operation.
“Maritime platforms, comprising 3 Fibre boats and 2 sophisticated sea-going boats, used by the criminals from their hideouts were scuttled.
“Items, including 1 Ak 47 riffle, magazine loaded with 34 live rounds of 7.62mm, yards of Army camouflage and sewn uniforms, radio intercom communication set and 109 Honduran Lempira (foreign currency notes) were recovered from the hide outs.”
The spokesman said plans were underway to deploy troops to Azuzuama to maintain peace in the area.
Nwachukwu assured the residents of safety and solicited for their cooperation to usher in a peaceful atmosphere for economic activities to thrive. (NAN)
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