Concerned Militant Leaders (CML), a Niger Delta militant group has said it would not release 24 Nigerian soldiers it claimed it captured on Friday and vowed to execute them at the appropriate time.
This is even as the group denied Nigerian Army’s claim that seven suspected militants were killed in a recent exchange of gunfire with militants along Bakassi Peninsula waterways.
Spokesperson of CML identified simply as General Ben, who stated this, disclosed that the apprehended 24 soldiers were on-board a military gunboat Pilot 1, MB12.
“Rugged boys were affected by a chemical substance, which was aerially spread by a military aircraft. My boys were wounded today, but I didn’t lose any of my men.
They will now claim they have killed us. It’s not true. What the plane spread around here I suspect, was acid. It cannot kill us because we know what to do. Their Pilot 1, MB12 Thunder Boat is in our custody. This is our territory and they cannot escape from our domain because they have crossed our border.
“We have been quiet for a while, studying events in this country. We have discovered that the government does not care how people fare. Instead, the situation is getting worse and out of control on a daily basis,” General Ben said.
Meanwhile, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, has refuted the militants’ claim and said nothing of such happened.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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