JTF unblocks Ajakpa-Bolowo waterways
.Says it’s free for navigation, as troops kill Ossy Ibori The Joint Taskforce (JTF), Operation Delta Safe, has said that its troops said troops successfully unblocked the Ajakpa-Bolowo waterway, which was blocked to allow free navigation of the waterways by the residents of the communities in the area. It also stated that no innocent persons was shot in the gun duel that led to the death of the alleged notorious militant kingpin, Ossy Ibori, last week at Ajakpa community of Ese-Odo council in Ondo State. Addresssing journalists in Yenagoa, Commander of the JTF, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, said that the outfit was totally committed to protecting oil and gas infrastructure and also rid the Niger Delta of all forms of criminalities. He pointed out that the Ajakpa-Bolowo waterway has been under blocked for the past four months, while residents were forced to access their communities through a long route, adding that it is now free for navigation and that the troops would continue to patrol the Niger Delta, including Southern Ondo terrorize by militants to allow unhindered movement of the public. Suleiman emphasized that the troops had also cleared Miscreants /militants in the area (Ajakpa-Bolowo), as well as their shrines and hideouts, stressing that arrests were made and some quantities of items of ammunitions were recovered. The commander, said further that sequel to the death of their leader, Ossy Ibori, some of his gang members fled, but noted that the OPDS would continue to maintain their presence in the area to deter and apprehend all unrepentant criminals terrorizing the people of the area. He, however, condoled the families of the fallen heroes that paid the supreme sacrifice in the course of maintaining peace and security in the operation. “They were dedicated, gallant laden with vigour and determination to protect their fatherland. I assure you that their sacrifice will never be in vein,” the JTF Commander said. Suleiman lauded the public, media and the non-violent Niger Delta youth for their support that has assisted the JTF in achieving its mandate in the region.