Troops stop Niger Delta militants from giving Buhari a May 29 gift

– Militants reportedly laid siege on pipelines in two
different areas of the state
– Reports say casualty sustained was not much
– Nigerian troops vow to keep monitoring the areas
Niger Delta militants who tried to bomb some pipelines
have been dispersed by troops of the 343 Artillery Regiment
of 2 Brigade in Bayelsa state on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
According to information made available by Colonel Sani
Kukasheka Usman, the spokesperson of the Nigerian army,
the troops made sure of total safety in Gulobokri and
Eweleso areas of Brass in the state during the incident that
happened early on Sunday morning.
He said: “Today, 29th May 2016 in the early hours of
morning, troops of 343 Artillery Regiment of 2 Brigade, 82
Division of the Nigerian Army, carried out patrol within the
general area of Gulobokri and Eweleso, around Brass area
in Bayelsa State.

Nigerian troops during a recent raid on hideouts of
terrorists.
“During the exercise, the patrol team had an encounter with
some armed militants in 2 Speed boats with intents to blow
up Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline at
Gulobokri.
“The suspected vandals opened fire on the patrol team. The
troops responded with overwhelming superior firepower
and as a result, the suspected criminals sped off from the
area with many of them sustaining gunshot wounds. No
casualty on the patrol team.
“Unfortunately, a personnel of Nigerian Security and Civil
Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the team sustained
gunshot wound. He has since been evacuated and he is in a
stable condition.”
In a similar incident, another patrol team of the same unit
of 82 Division Nigerian Army, on patrol to Perigbene House
Boat (HB) also encountered three speed boats suspected to
be containing militants about to attack another critical
infrastructure in the area.
“The troops opened fire on them, killing most of them and
injuring others.
“However, the casualty on militants cannot be ascertained
as it was raining heavily and the raging storm could not
allow troops to go on pursuit of the escaping criminals.
“A mop up operation has been organized for those militants
that escaped with gunshot wounds and injuries as they may
be receiving treatment in the neighbouring communities.
“With this development, troops would continue to intensify
patrol in the general area to avert further vandalization or
attacks in the area,” Colonel Usman’s statement further
read.
This development is coming on the heels of a report that
the federal government of Nigeria has agreed on a cease
fire with the militants from the region.
Paul Boroh, the presidential adviser on Niger-Delta matters
and coordinator of the amnesty programme, said that
government and former militants agreed to end the
pipeline vandalism.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Boroh told this
reporters on May 28, Saturday, adding that the pipeline
vandalism in the Niger Delta region was reducing the
economic fortune of Nigeria and increasing sufferings of
Nigerians.

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