- Soldiers attacked a militants' camp in Delta state
- The militants fled when they sighted the soldiers
- Some of their weapons and ammunition were recovered
Soldiers on Operation Crocodile Smile II have launched an attack on militants in Delta state where they recovered some ammunition used by the militants.
According to Sahara Reporters, the operation was launched on Tuesday, October 17, in Ajakurama, Gelegele and Egbema Kingdom in Warri North local government area.
It was reported that the soldiers discovered the camp of the militants who fled when they sighted the soldiers.
The soldiers recovered weapons and set fire to the shrines.
One of the community leaders confirmed the operation.
He said: "Soldiers stormed our communities in search of criminals, especially armed militants involved in criminal activities as part of the exercise of the Operation Crocodile Smile II, which was flagged off in Delta State last week. The militants, on sighting the uniformed men, fled their camp and the soldiers set on fire their shrines and recovered several items, including ammunition."
Members of the community were relieved by the presence of the soldiers.
"Ajakurama community is the center of havoc for the militants in Warri North GLA. Ajakurama community was completely combed by the men of Operation Crocodile Smile II and all hideouts of criminals were destroyed.
“As we talk, militants like Felix Odowu, Osuwo Osiya and a notorious gang leader popularly known as ‘Double Prince’ have all fled to the neighboring Ondo State following a hot chase by the soldiers.
“One of the notorious militant ring leaders popularly called ‘Blessing Magic,’ who was said to have led the Lagos attack that took place at Ikorodu River where many soldiers lost their lives, also fled the camp when the Operation Crocodile Smile II troops stormed the area in the operation. Also, one Godwin Namu, a priest in charge of the militants shrines called ‘Egbesu,’ fled to Aberie/ Okosun forest in Edo State to take cover,” one member of the community said.
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The Agadagba of Egbema Kingdom, HRM G.E.O. Tiemo applauded the army for the operation.
He said: “Though the militants threatened to stage a comeback, which the army is adequately ready to deal with, I must say that the Commanding Officer of the 19 Battalion, Koko, must be commended for the successful operation."
Some of the items recovered include 320 x 5.65mm ammunition, 3x AK-47 magazine, a Techno phone, a world receiver radio, a GoTV decoder, a Sharp DVD, motor saw, a life vest, and army camouflage.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army said it arrested over 40 suspects for various offences within Lagos and Ogun states after the launch of ‘Exercise CROCODILE SMILE 2‘ by the chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
The army made this known through a statement on Tuesday, October 17, by the 81 Division spokesperson, Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu in Lagos.
According to him, so far, the troops have being carrying out routine activities associated with the exercise seamlessly along with other sisters services, security and para military agencies.
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