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- rescue kidnap victim in Bayelsa
Consistent efforts to ensure a free society and clear criminal siege in Bayelsa state was given a boost as troops of Operation DELTA SAFE nabbed suspected vandals as well as rescued a kidnapped victim.
National Daily learnt that the vandals had detonated dynamites resulting in the breach of an International oil Company facility located at Tebidaba –Ogboinbiri– Brass pipeline in the outskirt of Imbiba Community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Disclosing the arrest of the suspect in Yenagoa on Tuesday, the Commander, Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman stated that the troops acted on a tip-off when they spotted suspected hideout at a fishing camp along Ionogbene axis.
It was further learnt that three suspects identified as Mr Ayebemi Dressman, Mr Inimotimi Abule and Mr Epemege Frank were arrested in connection with the vandalism at Peremabiri Community of Bayelsa State
Rear Admiral Suleiman who was represented by Colonel Danjuma Abdullahi further explained that during a similar operations, troops deployed at Bnenside location in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State also apprehended two suspects named Mr Bibowa Anemi and Mr Ngoriduwa Gomogo, who were alleged to have been responsible for economic sabotage and theft.
They were said to have stolen a wellhead, six actuator device, an oil wellhead tool belonging to one of the International oil companies.
Due to their nefarious activity, National Daily further gathered, there has been disruption of operations in the oil company as the stolen wellhead is currently undergoing repairs.
In another development, troops deployed at Omuku Forest in Rivers State acting on a tip off also engaged some suspected armed kidnappers in a gun duel leading to rescue of a kidnapped victim and the death of two of the kidnappers.
Meanwhile, the rescued victim has been evacuated and currently receiving treatment in a medical facility in Port Harcourt.
However, a pirate’s hideout that was raided at Elema, Rivers State yielded no arrest but recovered 23 rounds of 7.62mm Ball Special ammunition, one generating set and 40 Horse Power Suzuki speed boat engine.
While thanking the indigenes for their support, the Commander promised to continue to ensure the protection oil and gas infrastructure, deter and prevent militancy, sea robbery, crude oil theft and other forms of criminality within the joint operations area that could impact negatively on economic activity in Niger Delta region.
Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign, Major Abubakar Abdullahi appealed to the public to provide timely information to troops in order to get rid of notorious criminals from the region.