06 October 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The Armed Forces of Nigeria says troops of Operation Delta Safe has dislodged militants camps and rescued five kidnapped foreign expatriates.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement recalls that on 9 May 2020 some foreign expatriates onboard MT RIO MITONG and MT DJIBLOHO were kidnapped by unknown militants in Yellow Island.
According to the statement, acting on credible intelligence a joint team from Forward Operating Base Bonny, Nigerian Navy Ship PATHFINDER and troops of 146 Battalion swiftly combed the creeks in search of the kidnapped victims.
The statement explains that after a thorough search and rescue operation, the gallant troops raided four identified sea pirates/militants hideout at Ibiakafemo, Idinkiri, Tombie and Ogboma and the identified camps were subsequently destroyed to deny the pirates freedom of action.
Consequently, on the early hours of 6 October 2020, the pirates/militants compelled by the ongoing operation surrendered to the gallant troops and handed over the five kidnapped foreign expatriates at Iwofe Waterfront.
The five expatriates comprising three Russians, one Ukranian and one Equatorial Guinean are presently at NNS PATHFINDER medical centre receiving medical attention.
In a related development, the joint team intercepted two large wooden boats laden with an estimated 350,000 litres of suspected stolen illegally refined AGO and about 10,000 litres of stolen crude oil.
The stolen petroleum products have been recovered to the Base.
The statement adds that the Military High Command commends the gallant troops for their resilience and encourages them to sustain the tempo against the enemies of our country.
It also encourages the general public to support the troops by providing credible intelligence that will aid the operations.