Niger Delta militants in Bayelsa engaged in a gun fire with security operatives
– Two of them lost their fight in the deadly engagement
– One of them was recognised as a notorious militant in the region
Two suspected militants have been killed by operatives of the Joint Military Task Force during a gun fight in Bayelsa state.
The Niger Delta region has been affected by the activities of militants who have been blowing-up oil and gas pipelines.
The federal government has met with leaders from the region to discuss how to put an end to militancy although pockets of incidents still continue.
The Punch reports that Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu who is the spokesperson of Operation Delta Safe confirmed that two militants were killed on Tuesday, January 24.
He said: “Troops of Sector 2 (Bayelsa) Operation Delta Safe deployed in Obama flow station acting on a tip off by locals and a vigilance group raided a militant camp.
“One of the suspects is a notorious leader of criminals popularly known as Labista who is on security agencies’ watch list.”
“The gang leader had at various times engaged in high profile kidnapping, killing of security personnel, piracy, armed robbery and other criminal activities.
“Labista and his cohorts dived into the river in a bid to escape while the raid was ongoing and were engaged by our 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 Morgue. Items recovered were two single barrel guns, cutlass and four speed boats.”