There is currently uncertainty in the Creek area of Okosugbene in Delta State as Nigerian troops have bombed a suspected militants’ camp in the area.
Reports emanating from the area said many militants lost their lives when troops of the Operation Delta Safe bombed the camp at Okosugbene Creek, along Burutu-Warri River, near Burutu, Delta State, with two fighter jets and about seven gun boats for nearly an hour on Thursday.
Reports from the area said that soldiers, who carried out the raid came at about 6.00 am which caught the militants unawares.
Casualties and the group of militants that own the camp are yet unclear.
The raid was said to have caused tension among riverine dwellers. They ran helter-skelter at the sound of heavy gunshots.
A youth leader from Burutu community, who confirmed the attack, said: “I heard several gunshots on Thursday morning from the community.
“From our findings, we discovered that the military had invaded the gathering of suspected militants, who had converged on the community in what could be likened to a militant camp.”
Former Chairman of Burutu community, Jonathan Ogodobiri, also asserted: “There are no army troops within Burutu town but the entire waterways is under siege. There is a massive presence of army personnel patrolling the river as I speak with you.”
A senior operative of the Department of State Security, confirmed the operation as he said: “There were intelligence reports that suspected militants are converging on the area. “Troops from the Operation Safe Delta were drafted to engage the militants and dislodge the camp located at an area known as 9000 Junction,” he said.
The Sector (1) Commander of the JTF, Col. Alhassan Grema, confirmed the raid but declined to give details.