The Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Major Abuba­kar Abdullahi, said a no­torious militant leader has finally been killed by men of the Nigerian Army in Ondo state.
In a statement by the army, Abdullahi said: “Troops of Operation Delta Safe in line with its man­date to rid Niger Delta of all criminal acts of militancy and kidnappings in a special operation repelled an attack on troop’s location around Ajakpa community in the creeks of Southern Ondo State last night. The attack was led by one notorious gang leader, Ossy Ibori with a hideout at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo State.
“The leader was gunned down during the gun duel, along with some of his gang members. His body was identified by some of the lo­cals in the area. While search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing, troops had recovered one AK-47 Rifle and 4 Maga­zines.
“It could be recalled that, criminal gangs led by late Ossy Ibori have been ter­rorising parts of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states pri­or to this operation. They committed many atrocities threatening the peace and security of the general areas. Last month, the gang killed an army captain and 2 Po­licemen at Ikorodu.
“The need to flush them out from their hudeout be­came necessary to ensure peace and sexurity in Ondo state. Sadly in the process, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while 3 others sustained gunshot wounds. They have since been moved to military hospital for prop­er medical attention.-The Authority