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Nigeria News: Military task force raises hope on kidnapped expatriates

The Joint Task Force has assured that all expartriates held hostage by militants in the Niger delta will be rescued.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about four expatriates abducted from the hijacked NNPC chartered vessel by the militants last week have yet to be found.

The hijack of the vessel and attack on the soldiers in the vessel by the militants sparked off the military bombardment of suspected militants’ camps.

Since the operation started on May 14, 17 hostages have so far been rescued by JTF – nine Filipinos, four Ukrainians and four Nigerians.

Abubakar told NAN that every community in the creek would be searched in a bid to rescue the expatriates.
He said: “We are searching certain communities in the creeks based on credible information that militants are camped there and we have found many arms storage centres.

“We have recovered a lot of arms of different types, including anti-aircraft guns, ammunition and army kits. We are now entering Okerenkoko proper.

“We are not relenting. Do you know what it means for a group of people to hold a nation to ransom? You do not know what these people are doing to the nation.

“The most annoying thing is that nobody is condemning their act even when the criminality of the act is so glaring.”

Abubakar said that JTF had moved into the outskirts of some communities, where suspected militants were hiding and still holding the expatriates hostage.

He said the JTF actions were based on credible information on the hideouts of the militants.

He urged indigenes of other militant infested communities to assist JTF with credible and timely information.
“You know these people and they live among you. To avoid the innocent being inconvenienced, we call on all of you to aid in the extradition of these miscreants for your safety,’’ he said.

Abubakar also said that two Passport Speed Boats belonging to a militant leader, Kingsley Opuye, was on Tuesday captured around Abiteye Chevron Flow station in Delta.

According to him, the militants on board the speed boats fled and abandoned the boats after fierce exchange of fire with men of the JTF. He said that although there was no arrest made, the boats were in the custody of JTF.