Troops of Operation Delta Safe have busted sea pirates/militants hideout at Ibiakafemo, Idinkiri, Tombie and Ogboma and rescued five foreign expatriates who were abducted on May 9, 2020.
The foreigners including three Russians, one Ukrainian and one Equatorial Guinean were abducted onboard MT RIO MITONG and MT DJIBLOHO, by unknown militants group in Yellow Island.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed that the victims were rescued after troops raided the hideouts of the pirates in the creek.
Enenche said that upon receiving credible intelligence on the abduction, a joint team of naval operatives and troops of 146 Battalion combed the creeks in search of the abducted victims.
He further disclosed that the joint team also intercepted two large wooden boats laden with an estimated 350,000 litres of suspected stolen illegally refined AGO and about 10,000 litres of stolen crude oil.
Enenche said the pirates were forced to hand over the five foreigners to the troops on Tuesday at Iwofe Waterfront.
“The Military High Command commends the gallant troops for their resilience and encourages them to sustain the tempo against the enemies of our country.
“The general public is always encouraged to support the troops by providing credible intelligence that will aid the operations,” he said.
He also stated that the victims are receiving medical attention at the NNS Pathfinder medical centre.