Troops of 16 Brigade of Nigerian Army have killed two of the most wanted criminals during an operation in Gbaraun community of Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state.
The criminals, according to a statement by spokesperson of 6 Division Nigerian Army, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, are Napoleon (AKA Abala 2ic) and Tompolo’s boat driver.
He said the duos were believed to be the masterminds of many kidnappings and cult related killings in Bayelsa state.
“During the operation, two AK 47 riffles were recovered. Other items recovered include; One pump Action Gun, One locally made gun, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special, 30 rounds of 5.56mm, three live Cartridges, two empty AK 47 magazines and one fiber boat,” he said.
Iliyasu also said that troops of 29 Battalion on Exercise Egwu Eke III in 6 Division of the Nigerian Army have clamped down on suspected armed robbers/kidnappers during an operation in Ukpelede community, Ahoada west local government area of Rivers state.
He said the sting operation was conducted following an intelligence report on the criminal activities of armed robbers and kidnappers in Ahoada West and along the busy East-West Road and its environs.
“The suspected kidnappers who on sighting the troops fired frantically and scampered for their lives were pursued by the gallant troops.
“Consequently, one of the kidnappers was gunned down while others fled into the nearby bush.
“Items recovered during the operation include; according to Iliyasu are: one Motorcycle, 12 live Cartridges, one cult-like Axe, one Cutlass, two Masks and one Nokia phone. Four civilian victims were also rescued in the course of the operation.”
He said the body of the suspected kidnapper that was killed, as well four rescued civilians and the items recovered had been handed over to the appropriate authority.
“Similarly, troops deployed to checkmate anti-illegal oil bunkering activities at the 29 Battalion Tactical Headquarters, Bille in Degema LGA Rivers State in conjunction with other security agencies on February 5th 2019, discovered and destroyed Six illegal refineries in the area,” he said.
“The team also impounded an empty barge suspected to be used in carrying illegally refined products around the area.
“The Brigade in collaboration with other security agencies in Bayelsa State has continued to conduct aggressive confidence building and anti-pipeline vandalism patrols in Yenagoa and other flash points around the environs to further deny criminal elements freedom of action.”