Monday, April 4, 2016 9:44 pm
By Jethro Ibileke
Operatives of the Sector 2 of the military task force operating in the Niger Delta, code-named “Operation Pulo Shield” have successfully rescued a soldier who was kidnapped by suspected sea pirates along Nembe Creek, in Bayelsa state, 24 March, 2016.
The rescue of the soldier came at the same time that the operatives also arrested a medical worker who specialises in treating wounded militants and sea pirates who sustained gun injuries during shoot out with security operatives in the region.
The soldier was rescued after a diligent search and rescue operation in the creeks around Otakeme Community in Ogbia local government area of the state.
A press statement released by Col. Isa Ado, Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre of the Special Task Force in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa state, said the rescued soldierman was thereafter taken to a medical facility for treatment while effort is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing sea pirates.
The press statement also revealed that the arrested “medical worker who has been on the business for a long time was responsible for the treatment of the wounded sea pirates and their leader who recently engaged troops of the Joint Force in a shootout along Nembe water ways in Bayelsa State.
“During the encounter, four of the sea pirates were killed while others sustained injuries. Among them is the leader of the gang popularly known as IDIAGBON who was taken to the medical facility belonging to the arrested medical worker at Okiama village in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state where treatment was administered on them.
“However luck ran out on them as troops on getting the information cordoned off the area and arrested the medical worker while the wounded pirates escaped before the arrival of troops. The arrested suspects are currently undergoing preliminary investigation.”
*The author, Jethro Ibileke, can be reached at [email protected]