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JTF says it has killed two Avengers, arrested 3

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The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe (ODS), says it has killed two members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and arrested three others over the killing of four soldiers in Bayelsa State.

JTF on Tuesday paraded the arrested suspects at the headquarters of the ODS at Igbogene, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

According to the commander of the outfit, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, the troops during the incident which took place on Monday, also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition, adding that a military gunboat seized from the soldiers was as well recovered.

He said that the search for the suspected killers led them to a hideout in a camp at Saraba Creek, near Okiama community, Okigbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government, where the soldiers found the militants and engaged them in a gun battle, leading to the death of two suspects and the arrest of three others.

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Okojie said, “The sources of acquiring illicit wealth is being degraded, hence the resort to attacking our locations. You will recall that on Monday, August 8, 2016, at about 0930hours, a group suspected to be members of the Niger Delta Avengers, disguised as mourners, attacked and killed four of our soldiers at their duty post in Nembe.

“Three suspects were arrested and a large quantity of arms, ammunition and the gunboat that was taken from Nembe on August 8, 2016 were recovered.

“Let me use this opportunity to reiterate the fact that no criminal would go free, wherever they are. Be rest assured we will get them and ensure they face justice. Let me reaffirm the commitment of the JTF, Operation Delta Safe, of its resolve to ensure peace and economic stability in the region.”

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