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Niger Delta Navy arrests leader of notorious militant group

Uduak Etim Thomson was arrested along with 4 other Niger Delta criminals, according to the Navy.

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Naval security operatives patrol the creeks of Niger Delta in Buguma. play

Naval security operatives patrol the creeks of Niger Delta in Buguma.

(AFP/File Pius Utomi Ekpei)

The Nigerian Navy has arrested the leader of notorious militant group, Bakassi Strike Force.

Uduak Etim Thomson was arrested along with four other Niger Delta criminals, according to the Navy.

This was disclosed by Navy spokesman, Commodore Christian Ezekobe via a statement.

The statement reads:

“As part of efforts to eliminate unwholesome activities perpetuated by criminals in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian Navy has arrested one of the top leaders of a group which goes by the name Bakassi Strike Force (BSF).”

“The suspected Militant Mr Uduak Etim Thompson aka SANGATA was arrested on 12 September 2016 at his hideout in Calabar by a joint team from Nigerian Navy Ship VICTORY and Defence Intelligence Agency.

“The gang was alleged to have particularly attacked market women on September 4, 2016 at Oyorokoro community.

 “These arrests bring to fore the commitment of the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to stamp out the menace of criminal brigandage in the region.

“Investigation into these untoward activities have commenced and the perpetrators will be handed over to prosecuting agencies for further action.”

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently assured Nigerians that his government would bring the Niger Delta militancy to an end.

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