25 June, 2014
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta(Operation Pulo Shield), on Tuesday, said three suspected pirates died during a crossfire with the group at Robot creeks in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Lieutenant Colonel Mustapha Anka,the JTF Media Coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that some 30 pirates, armed with AK-47 riffles in two speedboats, attacked the JTF patrol troops. Anka said that in repelling the attack, a soldier in the patrol and two boat operators were injured.
He said the troops also raided and destroyed illegal oil bunkering site at Okpoko Creek in Warri South local government area of Delta, seizing nine Cotonou boats loaded with stolen crude oil. Also impounded were seven speedboats loaded with 75 jerrycans containing illegally refined Automated Gas Oil (AGO) and five pumping machines.
The spokesman said that five suspects were arrested and in custody of the command for preliminary investigation before handing over to the prosecuting agency.
“JTF troops deployed at Patrick Waterside and Opobo Creek in Rivers while on patrol intercepted and destroyed a wooden boat, filled with substance suspected to be stolen crude oil, at Bodo waterways.
“Also at Baragbene community in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa, troops destroyed four wooden boats filled with crude oil and illegally refined AGO. “Two dumps were also destroyed alongside one Cotonou boat.”