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A pregnant woman and a cripple have been arrested by soldiers  from the 19th  Battalion, Koko in Delta State after raiding Yukugbene community in Warri North Local Government Area of the state.

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A pregnant woman and a cripple have been arrested by soldiers  from the 19th  Battalion, Koko in Delta State after raiding Yukugbene community in Warri North Local Government Area of the state.

According to a report by Saturday Vanguard, the two were apprehended by the military men for allegedly being in possession of firearms and ammunition.

It was further reported that soldiers who stormed the community in search of suspected pirates/kidnappers that escaped into the bush, recovered arms and ammunition from the woman and the cripple.

Confirming the incidence, the Public Relations Officer, 4th  Brigade, Benin City, Captain Jonah Unuakhalu, said, “At about 1130 am on 28 August 2015, following reports of repeated attacks by suspected kidnappers/sea pirates along Benin River in Warri North local government area of Delta State, troops of 19 Battalion raided a criminal hideout at Yokugbene community along the river.

'On sighting the troops, suspects numbering about 15 (some sighted with arms), fled into the swamp. A follow up with shots and movement by troops led to the discovery of 1 AK 47 Rifle, 3 AK47 magazines, 86, 7.62mm ammunition, 1 Russian made double barrel gun and qty 6 x 70mm carts.

'Other items recovered include, 18 GSM phones, one motorola hand held walkie talkie, an amnesty certificate with registration number   C02/B13/A2/17167 belonging to one William Molly, 2 voters card belonging to Molly William and Gbagbanra Ogunwa, 1First bank ATM card, 11 pieces of camo trouser and one camo short nikker.

'Meanwhile, 2 suspects; Mrs Loveth Odigbo and Mr Ebire Oko were arrested. The female suspect however, sustained a gunshot wound on the right hand and was treated at General Hospital, Koko,” he said.

However, the national president of IPDI, Austin Ozobo, said the military invaded the community on August 28 shooting sporadically and in the process, almost terminated the life of Mrs Odibo, who was arrested with her sucking baby.

However, the Ijaw People Development Initiative, IPDI, faulted the claim that the pregnant woman, Madam Loveth Odibo and physically –challenged Friday Gbangbara were criminals and that soldiers found arms and ammunition with them.

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