The Nigerian Army says it recovered cache of arms and seven decomposed human skulls after it raided a militant camp in Omoko, Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers.
Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Spokesman of 6 Division in Port Harcourt told newsmen on Tuesday that five males and two females were arrested at the camp.
Iliyasu alleged that some militants and their fleeing leader, Don Wanny kidnapped and killed several innocent citizens in Rivers and Bayelsa states.
The spokesman listed weapons recovered from the camp as two AK 47 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun, 18 AK 47 magazines, three FN rifle magazines, 39 7.62mm Nato ammunition and 20 9mm ammunition.
Others, he said were 7.62 mm ammunition, five Icom and Mag hand-held radios, two 25kg bags of cannabis, nine pairs of military camouflage, 10 human skulls and several bones.
According to him, the raid is part of a renewed strategy by the division to restore law and order in Omoku which has been terrorised by criminals for long.
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“On Monday, we received a tip-off, and thereafter, troops raided the camp and shrines of a notorious militant, cultist, kidnapper and an ardent oil thief popularly known as Don Wanny.
“After about an hour of gunfight, our troops overpowered the criminal elements due to superior firepower that sent the criminals scampering for safety,” he said.
Iliyasu said some of the alleged criminals, who sustained gunshot wounds escaped by jumping into Orashi River in the area.
“However, seven of the suspects including two ladies were arrested, while they attempted to escape in the encounter that occurred at about 2:35 am on Monday.
“It is believed that the main culprit, Don Wanny was not at the location during the encounter but concerted efforts are on to track, arrest and bring him to justice,” he said.
Iliyasu thanked residents of the area for cooperating with security agencies and urged them to continue to provide timely information that would lead to the arrest of criminals in the state and its environs.
On the other hand, things are not going down well with the Peoples Democratic Party in Onelga as residents have continued to blast the party over what they described as continues romance of PDP stalwarts with members of the militant group in the area.
It is believed that the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers state are the major sponsors of this dreaded group as alleged by residents in Onelga, this was made known to our correspondent in an interview with a prominent citizen of the local government area hours after the report of Don Wanny’s death.
our correspondent reports that the individual who spoke about the unrest of residents in the area pleaded to remain anonymous for security reasons but gave several instances and occasions where PDP party stalwarts were seen with the dreaded militant leader, you will recall in 2016 when men of the Nigerian Army raided the house of Don Wanny during an exercise tagged “Operation Crocodile Smile” in the Niger Delta, the People’s Democratic Party in the state swinged into action by condemning the exercise and reiterating their continuous support for the militant group.
|As seen in this Photo with Don Wanny is the presence of an SA to the Governor of Rivers state Hon. Elemchukwu Ogbowu (first from Right)|
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