NAN – The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, has arrested six suspected pirates who attacked and killed four of its soldiers and a policeman at Nembe in Bayelsa.
Mr Asinim Butswat, spokesperson of Bayelsa Police Command on Saturday confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that suspected pirates attacked the JTF base at Nembe on Friday night.
A statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, JTF spokesman and made available to NAN in Yenagoa on Sunday, said that soldiers raided and destroyed militants camp at Ke community in Degema in a reprisal attack.
“In a swift reaction to the Aug. 7 attack on our troops along Nembe Community in Bayelsa, JTF carried out Cordon and Search Operation on suspected militants’ camp responsible for the attack at the Community in Degema LGA Rivers State.
“The camp was destroyed by JTF troops while 6 suspects comprising of 4 male and 2 female were arrested.
“Large quantities of arms and live ammunition were recovered from the camp.
“The arrested suspects are in the custody of the JTF and are helping the Task Force in the investigation that will lead to the arrest of other fleeing suspects and their sponsors,” Ado said.
According to Ado other items recovered from the militants’ camp included 3 speed boats, communication gadgets and generators.
The JTF spokesman said that men of the Task Force were pursuit of other fleeing suspects.
He appealed to the people to furnish the JTF with credible information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects.