Troops of 5 Battalion, operating under 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, have burst an illegal oil bunkering camp owned by suspected unrepentant militants.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known to journalists in a statement on Monday.
According to him, the raid operation was carried out on Sunday, 25 June 2023 at Azuzuama Community in Ijaw South Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
During the operation, the troops subdued the suspected militants with superior firepower, compelling them to abandon their camp in disarray, after which an armoury was located on the site and promptly captured.
The well-conducted raid operation led to the recovery of 5 AK 47 rifles, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs, 4 Rocket Grenade Bomb Chargers, seven 7.62mm Special ammunition, 14 AK 47 rifle magazines, and one pumping machine.
Other items recovered include two 16-inch anchored verve, one mallet hammer, one pipe range spinner, and one axe. The illicit camp was completely dismantled by the troops.
The statement further called for the continued cooperation of members of the public by providing timely and credible information that will aid the ongoing effort of the NA to ensure that oil theft in the South-South region comes a thing of the past.