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Troops neutralize 5 pirates after shootout with militants in 5 gunboats in Bayelsa state; neutralize notorious Kidnapper/Oil thief ‘Sammy’ at Mbiama.

Troops of Operation Delta Safe fighting to rid the Niger Delta region of piracy and militancy, have killed five dare-devil pirates/militants who engaged the troops in a shootout from five gunboats at Tukugbene, in Ayama-Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa state.

Also, troops Neutralized a wanted and notorious oil bunkering and pipeline vandal thief, popularly known as Sammy during a rain on his hideout at Mbiama, East West road while trying to escape.

Giving details of the ooeration, Major General John Enenche, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations said, the successes against the criminal elements followed actionable and credible intelligence on a suspected pirate/sea robbery gang leader, one Mr Lanre based on the mounted surveillance on the suspect who came into town from Port Harcourt with one Ayi Abuh also a notorious Kidnapper/pirate.

He said, ” Subsequently, troops conducted a raid operation of the pirates’ camp at Tukugbene-Ayama ijaw LGA Bayelsa State on 4 Aug 20.

“The operation was aimed at extracting both Lanre and Ayi Abuh as well as other members of the gang from the community.

“Upon arrival at the personal jetty of the suspect, troops met heavy resistance from harassing gun fire from pirates/militants in 5 boats that approached from adjoining creek.

“The overwhelming fire power of own troops led to the forceful withdrawal of the pirates/militants with various degree of gunshots wounds.

“The gallant troops sustained the fire fight until 5 of the pirates/militants were neutralised ashore.

“Furthermore, three of the attacking boats were sunk while the occupants with various degree of gunshots wounds escaped into the river.

“In the process, troops recovered 3 boats from the pirates.

“Additionally, own troops took over the jetty and advanced to the objective area which was empty.

” It was believed that while the exchange of fire was ongoing Lanre and Ayi Abuh escaped.

“A complete cordon and search was carried out on the building where the suspects were believed to be residing and thereafter the building was cleared.

“In the process, troops recovered 3 AK47 rifles with a magazine, two 200 HP Yamaha outbound engines and three 115HP Yamaha outbound engines.

“Relatedly, troops acting on credible and actionable intelligence about a notorious criminal/kidnapper and oil thief popularly known as Akalami High Chief, aka Sammy, conducted a raid on his hideout.

“Troops swiftly mobilized for the raid operation at his identified hideout along Mbiama East West road.

“During the operation, the kingpin was neutralised while attempting to escape.

” Items including a localliy made pistol and cartridges were recovered from the criminal. Sammy is reported to be a close ally to a notorious criminal known as VIP suspected to be one of the mastermind of the killing of 5 Battalion Soldiers around East West road.

“The Military High Command congratulates the gallant troops for their dexterity and encourages them to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of pirates/militants in the Niger Delta region of the country.”

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