The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday said that it had arrested 5 Niger Delta criminals including the leader of a notorious militant group of the Bakasi Strike Force.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Commodore Christian Ezekobe, the militants were said to have perpetuated series of crimes, including attack on market women and other traders, siphoning of crude oil and destruction of pipelines.
The statement partly reads;
“As part of efforts to eliminate unwholesome activities perpetuated by criminals in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian Navy has arrested one of the top leaders of a group which goes by the name Bakassi Strike Force (BSF)
“The suspected Militant Mr Uduak Etim Thompson aka SANGATA was arrested on 12 September 2016 at his hideout in Calabar by a joint team from Nigerian Navy Ship VICTORY and Defence Intelligence Agency”. It would be recalled that some top members of the BSF had earlier been arrested.
“These arrests bring to fore the commitment of the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to stamp out the menace of criminal brigandage in the region.
“Investigation into these untoward activities have commenced and the perpetrators will be handed over to prosecuting agencies for further action.”