One soldier attached to the 19 Battalion, Koko in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, was shot on Tuesday while six suspected militants were killed during an ambush by the militants on the troop who were trying to apprehend the leader of the gang.
An operative of the Department of State Security disclosed that a team from the battalion arrested some members of the gang last Sunday, including a female suspect and took the team to their hideout at Akpakakpa Creek near Abigborodo in Warri North Council Area of the Delta State where members of the gang ambushed them leading to a fierce gun battle.
"The hoodlums having been arrested at different parts of Sapele, have confessed to killing two soldiers in July while trying to abduct a female victim," the source stated.
“Two of the suspects earlier arrested, had confessed to being members of a militant gang that abducted a female victim at Amukpe, Sapele, and killed two soldiers during that incident," said the source speaking on the condition of anonymity.
“They also admitted to being the brain behind the abduction of some staff of an oil company along the Benin River, as well as the vandalization of oil and gas facilities in the area."
“Security operatives within and around Sapele are also on the manhunt for other members of the gang who escaped with gunshot wounds during the shootout," the source said.