Operatives of the Nigerian Army stationed in Bayelsa State weekend launched a raid on the camps of suspected oil thieves and Militants at Igbomotoru and Azuzuama communities of Southern Ijaw Local Government area of the state.

NAIJA LIVE TV gathered that the raid, which was conducted by men of 5 brigade of the Nigerian Army, also combed the crude oil pipeline route along the Obama flow station, Kolo creeks and Brass areas of the State.

While a senior military sources said that the operation was also targeted at tackling the operations of some known militants involved in setting up illegal bunkering camps in communities of Southern Ijaw and some other illegal activities.

Another claimed the operation was targeted to arrest a known militant leader over his allege shady activities but he escaped with his boys through the creeks when he was alerted about the impending military raid.

NAIJA LIVE TV however gathered that the shrine allegedly being used to administer oaths on youths during recruitment into the illegal bunkering activities by the suspected militant leader was destroyed and many other items including Military Camouflage, Mobile phones and military boots were seized.


Indigenes of the Igbomotoru community however cried out over alleged military occupation of the area thereby causing panic and desertion by indigenes over fear of indiscriminate arrest.

An Indigene of Igbomotoru, who pleaded anonymity, however told NAIJA LIVE TV on Sunday that the area is calm as the military men have retreated from the community as at Sunday morning,” the situation is calm now. We are peace loving community and would not want soldiers to occupy our area.”

Attempts to get the spokesman of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and the Joint Military Task Force to speak on the development proved abortive as no one showed signs of denying or confirming the development.

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