Harrasement from the military

Harrasement from the military

Philip Eke, Yenagoa

The Joint Military Force deployed to protect oil facilities in the

Niger Delta on Tuesday confirmed that three soldiers were killed in a

gun duel with pirates and militants. Col. Isa Ado, Spokesman of the

force, codenamed, “Operation Pulo Shield’, told newsmen in a telephone

interview that the incident occurred on Monday night.

 

Ado said that the shooting took place in Foropa, Southern Ijaw Local

Government Area of Bayelsa, where troops had been stationed since

  1. He said that the military patrol team was attacked by a combined

team of suspected militants and sea pirates, but that the team fought

gallantly to ward off the attack.

 

“The location came under fierce attack and three of our soldiers, who

were hit by bullets, died on their way to the hospital. “There were so

many casualties on the side of the militants, but we cannot precisely

know the number.

 

“The morale of the troops remains high and the sacrifices of these

soldiers shall never be in vain; we remain resolute in our

determination to stamp out oil theft and illegalities in the Niger

Delta region. “These soldiers gave their lives for peace in the Niger

Delta,” Ado said.