Army slays militants in Nigeria’s oil hub

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN troops have gunned down an alleged leader of a militant gang in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
Soldiers repelled an attack by the gang, led by Ossy Ibori, said to have a hideout at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the southern Ondo State.
An unspecified number of gang members were killed while other alleged
members reportedly jumped into the river with gunshot wounds.
It is alleged gangs led by late Ibori had been terrorising parts of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States prior to the operation by troops of Operation Delta Safe in line with its mandate to rid the Niger Delta of criminal acts of militancy and kidnappings.
The militants are accused of committing many atrocities threatening the
peace and security of the general areas.
Last month, the gang allegedly killed an army captain and two policemen at Ikorodu.
Late last year, they allegedly abducted students and staff of a secondary school.
The alleged criminals, in addition, carried out several attacks at Ese-Odo community around Ajakpa,Safarogbo and Balowo areas.
“The need to flush them out from their hideout became necessary to ensure peace and security in Ondo State,” said Abubakar Abdullahi, spokesperson of Operation Delta Safe.
– CAJ News

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