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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Bayelsa Security: 3 JTF officers killed

Three members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) code named operation Delta safe have been killed by suspected militants in Nembe, a riverine area of Bayelsa State.
The officers were killed during a search at a checkpoint mounted at the Nembe waterways.

The officers came under attack at a checkpoint mounted by the Nembe waterway checkpoint by persons suspected to be militants.

Reports say the suspects who were in a gunboat were dressed in white, disguised as part of a group returning from a burial ceremony.

The militants opened fire on the officers and stole two gunboats belonging to the officers.

In a statement, a spokesman for the military, Lieutenant Commander, A. Ahmed, said the attack occurred at about 10:00am local  time.

“The commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, has consequently deployed reinforcement team to apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” the statement read.

He further warned that henceforth, Operation Delta Safe would go on offensive to fish out criminals in the region.

Lieutenant Commander, Ahmed said that the attack by militants was as a result of the ongoing operation of the Joint Task Force operation Delta Safe aimed at flushing out all forms of criminality especially pipeline vandalism and destruction of illegal refinery within the region.

He further assured law abiding public particularly the Nembe community that Operation Delta Safe was mandated to ensure conducive and safe water ways for legitimate business in the Joint Operation Areas.

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