JTF Frees 7 Kidnapped Oil Workers, Destroys 436 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Military Task force, JTF, code-named Operation Delta Safe, said, yesterday, that it freed seven kidnapped oil workers of a multi-national firm.

The agency also said it destroyed no fewer than 436 illegal refineries, 609 boats, 1,507 surface tanks and 1,538 drums used for illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta region. in the Niger Delta region.

A suspected notorious militant kingpin, Gift Apollo aka “Thousand” whose gang is said to be responsible for the attack and death of soldiers deployed to Abua/Oduma creeks between Bayelsa and Rivers states was also arrested by operatives of the task force.

Brigadier-General John Agim, Acting Director, Defence Information, disclosed these to journalists during a press briefing on Thursday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital.

Agim said the task force identified active militant camps at Okparakiri, Sanikiri and Okporama communities, and on a tip-off, arrested suspected pirates and cultists terrorising Abonnema-Buguma in Rivers waterways.

“Seven Nigerian Agip Oil Company maintenance workers kidnapped while carrying out an assessment of a blasted wellhead in Azuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa were rescued and released un-armed.

“We have also recovered several dangerous items such as 230 different types of arms, 240 assorted ammunition, 11 barges, 101 outboard engines, 135 pumping machines from the criminals,” he disclosed.

The General said that the illegal refineries were destroyed in the operation carried out from October to-date which was named Operation 777.

He said the task force also arrested 266 suspects over various offences.

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