The Joint Military Task Force (JTF) code-named “Operation Delta Safe” has revealed that the taskforce recorded significant achievement in the improvement of security in the Niger-Delta region.
The taskforce noted it had destroyed major militant camps and sent them away from their various hideout in the Niger Delta.
This was revealed by Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, the outgoing JTF Commander, on Sunday in Yenagoa, at the handing over ceremony of the mantle of leadership to the new Commander, Rear Admiral Akingide Akinrinade.
Suleiman attributed the increase recorded in the production of crude oil since 2016 to his assunption of office as commander. According to him, the increase is due to the serious check against oil pipeline vandalism in the region.
“When I came here in 2016, there were issues of militancy all over my joint operation area, but diligently, we have taken out the major militant camps in the Niger Delta region.
“We have dislodged militant camps at Karawei in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
“The Bakassi strike force in Cross River, Lobia 1, 2 and 3 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and Lowasiri camps in Bayelsa were strong bases of militants and kidnappers.
“We have also dislodged militants in Etim Ekpo/Ukanafun Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom and restored peace to the areas.
“The Asuzuama set of militants in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Baylesa were all dislodged.
“We tracked down Don Wayne eventually, because of the pressure of our operational activities; he ran into the hands of another security group that eventually took him out.
“As at today, that camp at Amoputu is closed,” he stated.
Suleiman, urged members of the taskforce to cooperate with the new commander and he also challenged the new commander to better the achievements he met on ground.
The new commander Akinrinade pointed out that he was posted to the region to improve the efforts of the outgoing commander and also to add more value to the security measures put in place to protect oil and gas infrastructure in the Niger-Delta.