Military Declares Prof, 7 Others Wanted Over Killing Of 17 Army Personnel In Delta

…as troops kill 212 terriorists in one week.


The Military high command (DHQ) has declared eight persons wanted for allegedly killing 17 soldiers in Okuama Community of Delta State.

Director, Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Major General Edward Buba made this known during a bi-weekly update on military operations across the country on Thursday in Abuja.

The 17 soldiers comprising 4 officers and 13 soldiers buried Wednesday were killed on 14 March 2024 during a peace mission in the community.

The persons declared wanted include Prof. Ekpekpo Arthur, Andaowei Dennis Bakriri, Akevwru Daniel Omotegbo (a.k.a Amagben), Akata Malawa David, Sinclear Oliki, Clement Ikolo Oghenerukeywe, Reuben Baru and Igoli Ebi.

Also, troops neutralised 212 and arrested 252 persons, troops also arrested 29 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 244 kidnapped hostages during the week under review.

According to General Buba, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of One Billion Fifty Million Seven and Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty Naira (N1,050,715,260.00) only.

” Furthermore, troops recovered 223 assorted weapons and 2,756 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 3 M56 rifles, 115 AK47 rifles, 3 PKT gun, 24 locally fabricated gun, 36 dane guns, 7 locally fabricated pistols, one fabricated revolver pistol, 3 locally made single barrel guns, 2 hand grenades and one locally made explosive.

” Others are: 1,716 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 494 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 60 rounds of 7.62 x 25mm ammo, 290 rounds of 7.62 x 54mm ammo, 81 rounds of 9mm ammo, 2 live cartridges, 16 magazines, 3 M56 rifles magazines, one HH radio, 5 vehicles, 14 motorcycles, 15 mobile phones and the sum of N857,960.00 amongst other items.

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and destroyed 102 dugout pits, 41 boats, 36 storage tanks and 8 vehicles. Other items recovered incl 39 cooking ovens, 6 pumping machines and 61 illegal refining sites.

“Troops recovered 944,700 litres of stolen crude oil, 171,060 litres of illegally refined AGO and 1,500 litres of DPK.11. The foregoing indicates that troops are weathering the storm through offensive posture and improved understanding of modus operandi of the adversary.

” Accordingly, we are doing our best to rescue other hostages in terrorist captivity. 12. Troops would also continue to elimination threats posed by these terrorist and their cohorts.

” However, citizens should remember that they are our first line of intelligence. Therefore, as citizens, we have a collective responsibility of doing right,”he said.

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