JTF Confirms 4 Soldiers Dead, Denies Invading Of Bayelsa Community


According to Major Victor Olukoya, the spokesman of the Joint Tax Force code-named “Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), updated Newsmen that the unfortunate incident took place on 16th February, 2020.

The security troops while carrying out their routine duty via its area of responsibility on 16th February, 2020 around 6:pm were ambushed by some unknown gunmen.
During the attack, Four soldiers were killed. Though, investigation is ongoing to ascertain the persons or groups behind the attack,” he said.
The JTF spokesman debunked an online media report that the soldiers invaded the community in a reprisal attack, describing the report as false and unfounded.

It is important to state here that contrary to the online report, the men of OPDS did not raid Ekeremor community at any time.
The military is an organised and disciplined force and all its operations are guided by codes of conduct and rules of engagement.

So it cannot be seen to behave in the manner that was perpetrated by an online report. He further said that the mandate of OPDS was to protect oil facilities in the area, deter militancy and oil theft as well as other forms of militancy.
He said OPDS had no business with invading communities, but had remained committed to securing the lives of law-abiding residents. According to Olukoya, commanders of the troops who visited the areas found the people going about their normal businesses.

The Commander of OPDS along with Commander 16 Brigade and Commander Sector 2 were in Letugene Beneside, Ogbotobo, Tunu and other communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area.
They observed citizens going about their lawful duties without any interruption contrary to the erroneous impression created in the false news report.
The OPDS commander advises the good people of Ekeremor Local Government Area to please remain law-abiding as the command will fish out the perpetrators of the ungodly act and ensure a secured environment for all.


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