Troops of 222 Battalion, 4 Brigade Nigerian Army involved in the field training exercise of Operation Crocodile Smile have conducted patrols and raids through Edje-Ewu-Opere waterside and Araya communities in Ughelli South and Isoko South Local Government Areas of Delta State.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement yesterday that as part of the training programme of the operation, the unit would continue to dominate the general area with patrols and raids of reported or suspected hideouts of criminals.
“Reconnaissance is also ongoing to detect the site of economic sabotage on NPDC/shoreline pipeline along Ogor-Oteri swamps in Ughelli South and Ughelli North councils by some criminals.
“Similarly, following intelligence report, a patrol team was dispatched to raid suspected criminal hideouts at Ehweru community in Ughelli North council. The team was able to track down and arrested hoodlums known for terrorising commuters plying the East-West Road between Ughelli and Patani.”
He said the patrol team arrested five suspects, including Messrs Oruno Egbede, Atiyoyo Rewemuesere, Peter Kehinde, Wilson Godbless and Friday Odede. They also recovered one locally made gun, one dagger and a cutlass from the suspects.
“At about 3.45am earlier yesterday, another patrol team of the unit raided house number 4, Temile Street, off Egor Road in Ughelli, which served as the residence of Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje (a supposedly former militant leader) and now leader of the Otugas Fire Force (a new militant group in the Niger Delta).
“Although still at large, he is suspected to be responsible for the recent economic sabotage perpetrated at NPDC/shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogor-oteri communities on August 29.
“However, Messrs Vincent Ekeke and Henry Koko alongside Mrs. Racheal Abbah and Mrs. Amaratefa Odada found at the residence were invited for questioning, while efforts are ongoing to track down the wanted suspect.
The troops will continue to maintain vigilance, carry out raids and patrols as part of the training exercise in the general area as part of their routine activities to improve proficiency and professionalism…”