The Joint Task (JTF), Operation Delta Safe, a special security outfit fighting criminalities in the Niger Delta, on Friday, confirmed that a soldier and one civilian lost their lives when they were ambushed by suspected militants in Ekeremor Local Government, Bayelsa State on Monday.
Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC) of the outfit in the Niger Delta, Major Ibrahim Abdullahi, disclosed on Friday that during the attack, the soldiers were able to call for reinforcement which led to the exchange of gunfire between the military and the hoodlums.
“This is to put to rest the 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, 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.
“A 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”, Abdullahi said.