The Niger Delta Joint Task Force, also known as Operation Delta Safe, has killed a militant leader known as Okon Iyo, in Cross River.
According to Vanguard, Iyo was shot dead while trying to escape arrest, when the troops stormed his hideout in Efut Esighi forest.
Also, the Chief Priest of another militants’ shrine was arrested with some ammunition at Ekpri Eboutong Estate in Bakassi Local Government Area.
The Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lt. Col. Olaolu Daudu, in a statement, said “Troops of Sector 4 deployed at Efut Esighi in Southern Cross River State, during anti-militancy operation, raided Efut Esighi forest and killed a notorious militant, popularly known as Okon Iyo, while he was trying to escape.
“Similarly, troops discovered the dead body of one of the Bakassi Strike Force militant, who was earlier engaged in Efut Esighi but escaped with gun injuries.
“His body was found in a bush close to the main road in Effionsa, Bakassi Local Government Area.
“Troops also raided the compound of a suspected member of Bakassi Strike Force, Mr. Otobong Sunday Essien, at Road 27 Resettlement Centre Bakassi, where a motor bike was recovered from his compound.
“Troops intercepted a Passat car owned by a suspected Bakassi Strike Force militant, known as G1. He is the sentry Commander of the group.