Nigeria Army said that its troops of Operation DELTA SAFE in the Niger Delt area killed a notorious militant, Ossy Ibori as they repelled an attack around Ajakpa community in the creeks of Southern Ondo State on Sunday night.
Ibori, with a hideout at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo led the attack on the troops with his other gang members on Sunday evening, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Center said in a statement.
Ibori was gunned down during the gun duel with the troops alongside some of his gang members, said the Army spokesperson.
He added that the body of the militant leader who has been fingered as the brain behind some of the criminal activities around the country was identified by some of the locals in the area.
Abdullahi however added that sadly in the process, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while 3 others sustained gunshot wounds.
The injured soldiers, he said, have since been moved to military hospital for proper medical attention
The Army spokesperson added that search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing, troops had recovered one AK-47 Rifle and 4 Magazines.
On the criminal activities of the late Ibori and his gang, the Army Spokesperson said, “It could be recalled that, criminal gangs led by late Ossy Ibori have been terrorising parts of Lagos,Ogun and Ondo states prior to this operation.
“They committed many atrocities threatening the peace and security of the general areas. Last month, the gang kills an army captain and 2 Policemen at Ikorodu.
“Also late last year, abducted students and staff of a secondary school. The criminals in addition, carried out several attacks at Ese-Odo community around Ajakpa,Safarogbo and Balowo areas.
“The need to flush them out from their hideout became necessary to ensure peace and sexurity in Ondo state.