In a swift reaction to rescue the abducted expatriate and arrest the perpetrators who attacked troops on 5th April 2016 along Nembe Road of Bayelsa State, troops of Operation Pulo Shield during a man hunt on the criminals on the same day along Soku Gas plant encountered suspected militants who opened fire on them which they quickly repelled killing one suspect and wounding many.
Three suspects were arrested but claimed to be victims of the pirates attack.
Equipment recovered from the criminals during the encounter includes two AK 47 Automatic Assault rifle and 10 Magazine loaded with 7.62mm special ammunition. Troops had dominated the creeks and land trotting highly intensified in its efforts to rescue the abducted expatriate and apprehend the kidnappers.
It could be recalled that on 5th April, 2016 suspected sea pirates attacked construction company workers along Ogbia Nembe road in Bayelsa State. Two soldiers on security detail attached to the company put spirited efforts to stop the abduction of an expatriate working with the company but lost their lives during the encounter while an expatriate was taken hostage.
The Command wish to use this medium to call on good people of the region to come up with reliable information that will lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects while assuring the region the determination of Operation Pulo Shield to flush out all illegal activities in the Niger Delta.
The command enjoined the people to go on with their legitimate activities as the Joint Force is on top of the situation, a statement by Colonel Isa Ado, Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Operation Pulo Shield, Yenagoa said.