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Troops raid militant camp, uncover armoury in oil theft crackdown

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Troops of 5 Battalion operating under 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, have captured a suspected militants’ and illegal bunkerers’ armory at Azuzuama community, Ijaw South Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The gun house was reportedly captured on Sunday after the troops subdued the suspects with superior firepower, forcing them to flee in disarray, Army spokesman Brig.-General Onyema Nwachukwu said yesterday.

According to Nwachukwu, the raid led to the recovery of five AK47 rifles, two rocket-propelled grenade bombs, four rocket grenade bomb chargers, seven 7.62mm special ammunition, 14 AK47 rifle magazines and one pumping machine.

He said: “Other items recovered include two 16-inch anchored verve, one mallet hammer, one pipe range spinner and one axe. The illicit camp has been destroyed by the troops.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to express appreciation to members of the public and urges all to continue to provide timely and credible information in support of the ongoing effort to ensure that oil theft in the South-South region comes to zero level”.

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