THE RESCUED EXPATRIATES

Five expatriates staffof a major oil and gas company have been rescued by the Nigerian military in aroutine operation to stop the illegal stealing and processing of crude oil inthe Niger Delta region.

The expatriates wererescued from the militants at Yellow Island in RiversState. The victims comprising threeRussians, one Ukrainian and one Equatorial Guinean abducted on May 9, werefreed by a joint team from Forward Operating Base Bonny, Nigerian Navy ShipPathfinder and troops of 146 Battalion, on Tuesday.

Astatement by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche,said the men were presently at NNS Pathfinder medical centre receiving medicalattention.

It explained that the expatriates were abducted onboard MT RIO Mitong and MT Djibloho by an unknown militant group in Yellow Island on May 9.

Thestatement titled, ‘Troops of Operation Delta Safe dislodge militants camps,rescue kidnapped expatriates and recover stolen illegally refined AGO,’ saidthe troops also raided four identified militants’ hideout at Ibiakafemo,Idinkiri, Tombie and Ogboma.

Theidentified camps were subsequently destroyed to deny the pirates freedom ofaction.

Itread, “In the early hours of October 6, 2020, the pirates/militants compelledby the ongoing operation surrendered to the gallant troops and handed over thefive kidnapped foreign expatriates at Iwofe Waterfront.

“Thefive expatriates comprising three Russians, one Ukrainian and one EquatorialGuinean are presently at NNS Pathfinder medical centre receiving medicalattention.”

NIGERIAN MILITARY IN ACTION

The joint team also intercepted two large wooden boats laden with an estimated 350,000 litres of suspected stolen illegally refined diesel and about 10,000 litres of stolen crude oil.

Meanwhile, the stolen petroleum products recovered from the hoodlumshave been recovered to the base. The Military High Command commended the troops for theirresilience and encouraged them to sustain the tempo “against the enemies of ourcountry.”