The Nigerian military has confirmed that a soldier was killed during a firefight with Niger Delta militants in Letugbene, Bayelsa state, South-South part of the country.
The Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Center, Operation Delta Safe, Maj. Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Friday said “this is to put to rest exaggerated speculations on an incident involving our own troops and suspected militants on Monday 28th August, 2017 around 2000hrs (8 pm) near Letugbene community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”
During the firefight, Abdullahi said, one gallant soldier and a civilian staff attached to the military houseboat paid the supreme price for defending fatherland as against reports of four Soldiers killed.
He said that rescue team supported by gunboats was immediately dispatched to the area and they were able to locate and support two other soldiers, who engaged the militants.
He stressed that the current operations in the creeks and rivulets around the general area are surgical operations designed to fish out the perpetrators of that dastardly act some of whom fled into neighbouring communities.
“The job of the JTF remains to keep the peace on the waterways, creeks and the Niger Delta in general. Operation Delta Safe and indeed the Nigerian Military do not carry out reprisal attacks on innocent citizens as alleged in some quarters,” he stated.
Abdullahi however, urged the public especially those resident in areas where operations are being conducted to go about their normal lawful duties at this time of Sallah break and celebration.