“In line with the Joint Task Force (JTF) OPERATION DELTA SAFE (OPDS) mandate to protect critical oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region, a deliberate operation code-named Op EMBER SAFE was conducted by the Force.
“This operation was aimed at tackling the security challenges posed to the safety of lives and critical oil and gas facilities in the region.
“It could be recalled that Karowei and his criminal gang abducted four British Missionaries on 13th October 2017 in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State which led to the unfortunate death of one of the Britons, late Mr Ian Squire. “Karowei and his gang were also responsible for several abductions/kidnappings, robberies and raping of innocent women in the region including unprovoked attacks on military locations in Delta and Bayelsa States. Also on January 7, 2018, Karowei and his gang attacked our troops at Bolu Ndoro forest which led to the death of four military OPDS personnel”, Abdullahi said.
Abdullahi further stated that Karowei confessed to several criminal acts and led troops to his camp to recover the cache of arms and ammunitions in his possession as well as to persuade other members of his gang to surrender. “However in a twist of events, Karowei’s recalcitrant group laid an ambush and attacked Task Force troops in a gun battle at his camp deep in the forest. This was in a bid to rescue Karowei from our troops.
He said the Commander, Joint Task Force, OPERATION DELTA SAFE, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, appreciates the support of the locals within communities in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State and Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in finally uprooting this notorious criminal, who in conjunction with his gang have constituted serious security menace around the general area.
Abdullahi said the Commander seeks additional selfless support from law-abiding citizens to uproot all criminals causing mayhem within the Niger Delta and urges all to go about their legitimate businesses as the waterways are now safe and secure.