Abuja – A member of a militant group, who ambushed a naval boat in Rivers was on Monday paraded before newsmen at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja.
Commodore Kabir Aliyu, a member of the Joint Security Information Managers Committee on Security Development, said the naval boat was deployed to provide security to Shell Development Company, near the Boro Community.
Aliyu, who is also the Director of Naval Information, said the suspect was arrested on March 1, at about 1:30 p.m.
He explained that during the gun battle with the militants, the suspect was wounded while three boats, belonging to the militants group were sunk.
Aliyu listed the items recovered from them to include one X GPMG, one X RPG, one X AK47/49, 3 X burnt GPMG, one X burnt RPG, one X burnt AK47, 21 empty magazines and seven GSM mobile phones.
“The gang leader, Mr Shedrack Itokofuwei (aka Mammy water), who hailed from Azagbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, was among those killed, according to one of his gang members who was captured.’’
Aliyu explained that the recent attacks on the Joint Task Force personnel in the Nigerian territorial waters were carried out by an uncoordinated group of militant within the Niger-Delta region.
“The nature of the attacks exposed the lie and deception of the so-called MEND, which strive to seek relevance by creating the false impression that the attacks were carried out by loyal groups of militants under a coordinating authority.’’
On the bomb explosion at COCIN Church in Jos on Feb. 26 Aliyu clarified that no soldier was lynched by aggrieved members of the church for allowing a bomber to gain access into the premises.
He said investigations revealed that one Julius lodged a complaint with JTF about his missing brother, Joseph Ashaba.
Aliyu explained that the complainant claimed that his missing brother was at the church on Feb, 26 to worship when the explosion took place.
“During interrogation, it was discovered that the alleged suicide bomber who was lynched by the worshippers and in military uniform was the same Adams Joseph Ashaba.“