Illegal bunkerers open fire on soldiers in Rivers
8 Sep 2017
THE 6 Division in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has stepped up operations to deter criminals in its Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 6 Division, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, yesterday, in a statement, said troops of 29 Battalion Tactical Headquarters, exchanged gunfire with illegal bunkerers at Feropkakama, a notorious bunkering site.
He saids troops repelled the attack and pursued the criminals into the creeks, adding that many bunkerers were injured.
Col. Iliyasu said two soldiers were also injured; one of them in a critical condition at a military facility in Port Harcourt.
Iliyasu added that troops of 130 Battalion arrested one of the notorious kidnap kingpins, David Owhor, aka Chile, who with his gang, now at large, had terrorised innocent people on East West Road.
According to him, the suspect, who is in military custody, is assisting security agencies in the investigation to arrest other members.
He noted that in the division’s AOR, recent operations include anti-illegal oil bunkering, anti-kidnapping, anti-robbery, anti-cultism, anti-piracy and stop-and-search against other crimes, with high success rate.
“On September 4, 2017, troops of 6 Division Garrison, Port Harcourt, on routine anti-bunkering patrol to Elechi Beach and Abonnema Wharf in Port Harcourt, discovered and destroyed several quantities of suspected illegally refined Automated Gas Oil.
“Troops of 3 Battalion (Rear), Warri, continue to dominate their AOR with the conduct of stop-and-search operations, with a view to maintaining the fragile peace that exists in the area and to identify, detect and intercept criminals, arms and ammunition. This proactive measure has significantly reduced attacks on innocent communities, particularly on Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja boundary, Isaba community, Mofor, Okwuokwuoko, Warri/Sapele and other notable hotspots in Warri metropolis.
“In a follow-up on September 5, 2017, by troops of 29 Battalion Tactical Headquarters, Bille, Rivers State, to the notorious illegal bunkering site at Feropkakama Camp, where the troops had an encounter the previous day, more success was recorded, as troops discovered 14 Pump Action catridges, four empty AK-47 magazines, eight pumping machines and several other illegal bunkering tools, while a massive manhunt in conjunction with sister security agencies is under way to track down and arrest the fleeing criminals.”
Iliyasu thanked peace-loving indigenes of Niger Delta, particularly those assisting the command with information in its efforts to protect life and property.