The Joint militaryTask Force, ( Operation Delta Safe), said that its operatives raided militant camps of the suspected members of the Bkassi strike force in Akpabuyo and Bakassi local government Areas of Cross River State and discovered a total of 23 decomposing human skulls and a human skeleton. The Joint Media Campaign Centre, Operation Delta Safe, coordinator, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Dauda, disclosed in a statement that their camps located at Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam communities in the Bakassi and Akpabuyo councils of the state were destroyed in the raid.
Col Dauda also announced the task force apprehended 44 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during the inauguration of the Bayelsa State chapter of the group. The suspected IPOB members were arrested at Lakeview Club, along Mabinton Estate, Okaka Road in Bayelsa State while trying to disrupt public peace.
According to the statement, “In fulfillment of Operation Delta Safe’smandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas facilities, on October 26, 2016, troops of Sector 4 in Cross River State, acting on a tip-off, carried out raids of Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam communities in the Bakassi and Akpabuyo local government areas.
“During the cordon-and-search operations, troops discovered four militant shrines with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition, a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts. The shrines were destroyed as troops continued the search for the perpetrators of these heinous acts against humanity.”