Nigerian Army launches Niger Delta offensive, kills ‘5 militants’

Army kills

The Nigerian Army says at least five suspected members of the Niger Delta militants group were killed in Rivers State and a large cache of arms recovered by troops involved in “Exercise Crocodile Smile”, which commenced on Saturday.

Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said at least 23 of the armed militants were seriously injured in a shootout between the troops and the militants in their hideout in the creeks. Various calibres of arms, including a speed boat, were also recovered during the exercise, he said.

“The 133 Special Forces Battalion of Nigerian Army troops have carried out a precursor operation to Exercise CROCODILE SMILE aimed at getting rid of all forms of criminal activities in the Niger Delta geo-political region of Nigeria.

“In the course of the operation, five militants that attacked the troops were killed in action, while numerous others were injured and 23 suspects were arrested,” Mr. Usman, a colonel, said..

He said the operations, carried out by Special Forces on Friday, led to the recovery of an abandoned engine boat; two AK-47 rifles with 199 rounds of ammunition; 11 pump action guns, a locally made revolver pistol; 292 cartridges of live ammunition; four electricity generating sets and a camp gas cooker. Military recovery

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, also confirmed the killing of the five militants and recovery of arms while addressing troops in Sapele, Delta on Saturday.

Mr. Burutai said apart from those killed, there were other suspects arrested when they attempted to interfere with the training conducted for formations and units in the Niger Delta.

He urged the troops to exercise professionalism in their operations and conduct as they move into the creeks for the exercise, and strive to minimize collateral damage to citizens’ lives and critical national assets located in the area.

The Army Chief urged the troops to respect the rights of members of the communities while discharging their duties, urging them not to spare any criminal found in the creeks.

He said the training was an exercise and operation geared at recovering the nation’s economic base and restoring normalcy in the region, assuring them of government’s commitment to improving the welfare of soldiers and officers.

(NAN)

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  • amazing2012

    Congratulations ! We wish you the best and successful operation. We pray for your protection and success amen !!

    • dan

      Amen my brother. Thank u

  • ogechi

    Hhhhnmm,Operation Crocodile Laughter

    “Hahahaha”

  • David Musaed

    Ghen ghen. E hav start oooo. Pickin wey say him mama no go sleep self no go take eye see dozing.

  • EZINWOKE

    Beginning of action from Gallant Officers

    • Kallah Bature

      Yes Army needs our prayers in flushing out the few selfish renegades.Thereafter the majority of peace loving Ijaws will live in harmony with their brethren in a more peaceful Nigeria.

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    Go rest, you no gree…
    see your life, you don turn
    gentleman by force for ground!
    wetin you be de fight for? Naira??
    others go now chop am.
    sad when life is lost for nothing.

    • DeltaK

      Wait for Scene 2 …and then come back here to post your comments. Sacrifice! Sacrifice , that is what that comrade has made and the Saints will behold him in heaven…and his compatriots will react and fight on…and when they capture a Soldier and parade that Soldier, I only hope the useless Nigerian army will undrstand that it is a fair game.

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        Hahaaaa, be ready oo, cos the next move by
        the FG is declaring an emergency rule in the delta
        region and allow the Governors to stay as
        classroom head boys. Jonathan did it in the
        North East, they will never complain if its
        shifted to the SS, but dont come here to cry
        that the military are killing innocent people
        cos that is always una way to blackmail our
        gallant soldiers, we are behind them this time
        be warned!!

  • Galantman

    While I do not and cannot agree with any form of criminality, it is Unfurtunate that it has finally come to this level. Those of us who called for caution, civility, practical non-violent approach to the challenges in the Niger delta, were insulted and called unprintable names by uncultured Internet rats who keep on fanning the embers of hatred and the miscriants believed them.
    These guys have been fooled and will now bear the brunt of there stupidity. For the Internet rats, paid agents, traditional rulers, elders, politicians who have in any way encourage theses militants to behave like mad people, God will never forgive you because your hands are already socked in the blood of innocent people who are caught in the cross fire. The chicken has finally come home to roost, for more information please contact BH terrorists for there experience with the military.

    • Arogbo

      God bless you my brother. Good talk!

      • Galantman

        Thanks bro

      • Otile

        Don’t pray for him, he is a war monger. Yeah, praise a wild army that decimates her civilians.

    • olubunmi

      Jah blessing Arogbo. The might of a nation is his army. I also one time appealed to them to embrace dialogubut they refused. I had been a victim of BH and also treatment meted to them by soldiers. Innocents are of the victims of casualty of any war.

    • Reasonable

      Well said bros. Thumb up for you.

  • serubawon70

    Petty criminals attempting to hold a whole country to ransome usually end up this way

  • Julius

    I told Tawanda this is what is going to happen. Now, they are running and hiding. Nonsense.

    • paul irumundomon

      How many oil workers will Nigeria army able to protect. Answer the question, once the war starts, it will not end, America with their superior army and weaponry, are not able to stable Iraq, let’s see what Russian weapons brought to the battle field.

      • Julius

        You are a delusional, wicked dumb ass. How many illiterate, drunk criminals will die for your greedy coward self who will stay behind while the poor folks surfers ? Answer that question.

        • paul irumundomon

          Your message can still be delivered even without a curse. All I said is, how many foreign oil workers, will the ill-equipped Nigeria army able to protect. It is very basic question, you seem not to understand my question. Before you reply somebody else, make sure you have answer and not just use language you don’t understand.

          • Powerlessconscious

            Have you guys now turn to terrorist who will start killing oil workers? Who group you belong ? ISIS? OR ALKAEDA? don’t worry when Nigeria military finish with the evil militants, you will rewrite your story.

          • paul irumundomon

            They will not harm one, the only place innocent people are killed is only in the north. You know that very well.

          • Observer

            Ill-equiped? Did i heard you said that? Buhahaha.. This gu think say na buffoon GEJ time o. Operation crocodile smile… I pity dem your people o

      • Osakue

        So NDA and boko haram which is more powerful? Olboy Na PMB dey power fighting insurgency is his field as a military man.

      • paul irumundomon

        General and military man my foot, he only needs to wake up.calculate what has been lost, what kind of ego this man called buhari has. Is called indulgent, America with their military superiority, negotiates behind close doors, Nigerian military buys every bullet, they only manufure abuse and torture. That alone can’t will any up rising. Hipothetically speaking, let’s assume tomorrow, these boys ask foreign oil works to vacate Niger delta, do Nigerians have enough army to guy every foreign worker, look at the implications not killings or indescriminate arrest, we are both Nigetians, the army can go to market square and arrest people and they will be forced to say what they know nothing about, Nigerians are best at this kind of games. It will be a loose loose situation, if the army like, set up ten military baracks, are pipe lines are too vonerable to even a lay man to attack.

        • Man_Enough

          War is good business; invest your sons.

          • paul irumundomon

            So the end will justify the means, your children’s blood will be used as salaries, to pay workers where you may be. You guys are born terrorists, you can have your children’s blood enough to go arround.

          • Man_Enough

            I am addressing parents who watch and allow their sons to take up arms when there are other alternatives for seeking redress.

      • Samadani

        The Iraqi fighters are not economic fighters. They claim to be “religious fighters” with “reward” in sight that is why they are so resistant. But the NDA are mere criminals whose interest is to full their pockets and live a lavish life. Where is Mujahid Dokubo, Tompolo etc. The earlier they lay down their arms and embrace dialogue the better for the region so as to avoid unnecessary collateral damage. No group can hold the country to ransom especially under this government.

  • Anasieze Donatus

    Where is Tawanadawam ,MR. HATE

  • DeltaK

    Act1 Scene !……Nigeria will never be the same again. Is Nigerian Army aware that all pipelines and oil installations are combustible? It doesn’t take the firing of a single bullet to cripple the whole economy….and I am afraid, this is exactly what might happen as the Freedom fighters of the Delta will respond vigorously. Nigerians await Act 1 Scene 2

    • Osakue

      You are funny o! Nigeria army is no boys scout . Airforce, navy and army? Lol NDA are in hot soup

    • SAM .A

      Combustible in ND , start it and let us see whole land and forest is set on fire.

  • Commentsfile!!!

    So Nigerian Army can parade the body of the dead? Whhy is it that they never parade the dead bodies of the thousands of Boko haram members they claim to kill everyday? This country is really in serious trouble? So Nigerian Army can parade Niger Deltans who die in action and not Fulani terrorists who die in battle? Haba! Which kind injustice is this?

    • paul irumundomon

      Because they are superior to souther people. Buhari did not in one sentence, offered a condolence message to those who died untimely, in the hands of fulani herdsmen, a professor, from one of the universities in Lagos, said everything can’t be mentioned, it was at tgat time 525 dead, 525 as far as a law professor is concerned in Nigeria, is anything. What does that tells you. All the the boko haram army officers, were chosen to represent the army to kill every moving object, what these killings will archive, is what many wait to see. They can order the foreigners in Niger delta to vacate their land, so the army will take over work as nnpc oil workers, we are heading to that direction.

      • Decimator

        Because BH(Buhari) is sinonimous with BH(Boko Haram) and patron to Fulani Herdsmen killers.

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        who cares to know where u think u are heading to,
        but when you get to that place you are
        heading, get ready to bear the consequences
        of your actions, criminals cant hold Nigeria and
        Nigerians to a ransom- hat time has gone forever,
        be you boko haram, militant, kidnapper, thief, or
        just a sympathiser. Nigeria must move on.

        • paul irumundomon

          You have to care, the people who have stood up buhari, are just a handful. When you arrest every body in Niger delta, that will stir a crisis Nigeria army will have no control over, then you have to care, say Niger give altimatum, for foreigners to live their land, what will you do, do you have enough army to guarantee their safety, their insurance agencies, will threaten to cancel their insurance, if they don’t come home immidiately, do you want that or you still would not care.

          • Powerlessconscious

            You are a hyppcrite. How is it possible to arrest everybody in Niger delta? Please reframe your sentence. Mind you, the evil people that want to hold the country to ransom must be destroyed by FIRE BY FORCE.

          • Observer

            Guy, if you guys enbrace civik disobedience, then, there will be state of emergency… You kuku know how the military rules

    • Osakue

      Haba them parade boko haram nau!. Anyone that take up arms to fight his or her government will be killed by the armed forces of government. Live by the guns die by the guns. If you cant do time no bother waste crime. If the armed forces can bring almighty boko haram to his kneels niger delta militance Na small case if the armed forces are serious.

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        paraded very well na..
        I saw them ..!
        “spot the difference”

    • Commentsfile..!!!

      People ignore this Jester ..
      this comment can never come from me!
      he is unpopular under his name, the reason
      he want draw me into his ethnic/tribal/religious
      nonsense. how does it concern me when
      a low life got himself killed and body
      paraded after several warnings that were
      not heeded to?
      “COMMENTSFILE..!!!” is one never sheared!

  • marc umeh

    “To keep nigeria one is a task that must be done ” .
    So screamed Gowon’s Hausa – fulani soldiers invading Biafra.
    Now it is the turn of the Ijaw race.I warned burning spear and his folks but they won’t liston. A couple of speed boats and AK-47’s does not a war win. That oil is more important than the entire ijaw race.
    So protest on the streets if you must but forget armed struggle , . You will be obliterated

    • Pete

      Oil is combustible. There is no way you win this battle. There is no way you can stop sabotage of oil installation. This is practically impossible even if u put 100 soldiers on every street accross the Niger Delta. This is doom for Nigeria.

      • Opekete

        Did I hear you say combustible? It definitely is but it’s going to consume the whole of south south region before it finally cripple the economy of the nation. You know what? This is the kind of crippling we have all been waiting for to knock some senses into our heads. However think first about the innocents that will become the collateral damage in this impending mess.

      • marc umeh

        You are assuming that the Niger Deltans are not infected by that Nigerian scourge—- satanic greed.
        No sabotage ? All hands on deck ? I doubt it. The saboteurs can be sabotaged

      • Powerlessconscious

        The whole of Niger delta will be destroyed first before the nation is affected. Go ask the north about bokoharam history. Who suffer pass? Was it the whole nation or the northerners? The same thing might happen to Niger delta.

        • paul irumundomon

          Then the oil explorations will still continue abi, let’s see how that will work

          • Powerlessconscious

            Who need rubbish oil? To hell with curse oil. If you like continue to make mouth and let see who will suffer. Oil in north very soon.

          • paul irumundomon

            Everything Done With Curse Oil Money Will Bring Curse On You And Those Who Spent That money. I pray you discover oil in the north so that they will pollute north the way oil companies polluted Niger delta.

          • Observer

            They already discovered oil in the noryh, same north produces the food we eat. Sit down for creek make the smiling crocodile chop your head off

        • Otile

          Your comparison is poor. Nigeria has nothing to gain from the North, but if Niger Delta goes in flames Nigeria will perish. Where are you going to get the money to pay govt workers, institutions, and purchase arms to kill your enemies?

          • paul irumundomon

            They see Niger delta people as enemies, but they can’t stop from using money from Niger delta oil.

          • Powerlessconscious

            The oil from Niger delta is only to make dollars. There are enough naira in the country which government can tap through different tax. For example if government raise all the toll gates in all states as they plan they will make money. Then as from next year January, agriculture will be the earning. When there was no oil, Nigerians was fine. The oil is a curse. Atleast let the Niger Delta be destroyed first and let is see what will happen PR who will cry.

          • Otile

            God forbid evil. How can you say that oil is a curse to Nigeria? What an ingrate! Without oil how would Nigeria be an African power? What has taxes and agriculture ever done for Nigeria? Can you purchase a good warship with all the money you collect from tax? Can you purchase a functioning fighter bomber will all the money you make in agriculture. Nigeria cannot feed itself well from agriculture let alone selling enough products to buy a 4 choppers. You wish Niger Delta to be destroyed to prove you sadistic point. In the name of God your town will be destroyed, not Niger Delta.

            Why can’t Fulani Yoruba give peace a chance, they want to destroy a whole region because of oil. If the oil was in Fulani land would the Yorubas allow any set of people destroy them for their oil? As our former First Lady used to say – there is God oooo.

          • Observer

            I can ser how myopic you are, before the advent of oil, Naira was competing with pounds… Go and read history.. Olodo. Dem Never kill una. Gbege just start

  • wode

    Let the crocodile continue to smile…

    • Otile

      Pillagers, what are you fighting for, to murder them and steal their resources? Barayi banza, ati awon ole.

      • Observer

        Hahahaha.. Yes o.. The republic of 9ja suffers violence from avengers same violence we shall use to take it by force

  • Ivybelle

    This is such a shame and very unfair , these killings , senseless and unwarranted . You kill a grown man , putting his wife/spouse,mother ,father ,friends ,siblings ,extended relatives and ultimately his children in sorrow , whether millitary or millitant , it simply is unfair .

    Can we g/o back to the basis, can every one exploring/exploiting from the NigerDelta , contribute major infrastructures and give business grants to their women and youths . Ken Saro Wiwa was killed because of his fight for this people , we were sad then and now his kindred are killed like fouls and picture shared and we think its okay and they are criminals all of a sudden. who made them so ? Shell and the federal govt(the govt collect hefty licence fees from these guys), we all looked away . Shell and co would give a chief bribe knowing fully well the money is not trickling down and didnt care as they think they have a business to run ….we are fighting our brothers when we should indeed face the guys who milked the community and made criminals of her people.

    • SAM .A

      Sorry o o, your wailing has just started , you were hailing them and celebrating their achievement in destructing the Zoo, now they let out crocodile from the Zoo, enjoy this movie as it unfolds . When the houseflies were eating the ulcer , you pretended not to see them , when the owner of the ulcer started swallowing the flies one by one you started shouting , guy deal with it .

      • Ivybelle

        Back to the sender ,You will wail all of your life , may you and everyone that is of you wail for the rest of their lives . Do you think i have chills for anyone who tries to cause me , may you never know anything other than wailing , seven folds what you wish me will be yours and will manifest immediately.

        Do you know me? if you had simple common sense , you would have checked my previous comments to know my kind of mindset but your idiotic self thinks i am a nonentity like yourself .

        I cant create a finger and i hate killings ,period …ode oshi

        • SAM .A

          omo ale , go and take your medication before you go crazy , all those boys you have been hailing are facing their perdition right now , as u hide here coursing and wailing.on internet.

          • Observer

            Hahaha, baba ode oshi ni ivybelle yi men, waaseire Sam. A . I’m sure say the guy broses follow for the water loo

          • Ivybelle

            Iwo ni omo ale …ko ni ye e …omo mi ri ko to ma se pe . Every negative pronouncement is back to you and your family a million fold

    • St

      Complain nonsense, me I want this to continue those criminal boys calling themselves militants are the cause of insecurity all over southern Nigeria, now they should be dealt with..,, this is still exercise, the operation has not even started

      • Ivybelle

        ok,the action does not bother you , but the reaction does ….Typical of selfish people

        • St

          the actions from both parties are not so terrible to me… D militants took up arms for violence, destroyed pipes, which leaks and destroys d land then affects revenue, effects has been sent back to the little and the old generation… a responsible government will
          Always protect the citizens first, that’s what PMB is doing, he even took so much time which was for preparation though but GEJ failed to give the BHT a response on time even when the money for these equipments were available then and we all witnesse the after effects of BHT. It’s common sense that you treat a wound on time……. Nigeria should not and should never be damaged under any guise: that’s my own o

          • Ivybelle

            I agree but I will correct you here ,the militants did not leak crude ,the oil exploration and refusal to clean up did.

            I do not support the action of the avengers ,neither do I support the corruption and selfishness of the so called elders over the years .

            The military government had Ken Sari Wiwa killed and called him a terrorist then ,I don’t know your age but I was very much aware of the situation at that time . His demands have not been met and this the result of that . I think beyond curbing their bad reaction,the government should do the needful about their plight. It simply is not fair to heap the blame on them when the federal government had it coming.

      • Otile

        When your master’s vaunted killing operation starts oil will stop flowing and you will starve to death, commonsense creep.

  • Man_Enough

    Those who swore by the devil to destroy the union will never endure. The Lord himself shall be with him who swore in His name in the presence of the people to protect it. They will learn,the hard way, that peace is better than war. In war fathers bury their sons while in peace sons bury their fathers.

    • Decimator

      With whom did you tie the enviable Union,when and where?

    • Reasonable

      WELL SAID

  • Dejandon

    NDA saw the light with the advent of Operation Crocodile Smiles and quickly accepted to ceasefire. No place to hide for the wicked, they can only war now on the pages of the newspapers. More so that their explosive supplier has been arrested. If I was in their shoes too, I won’t stop at Woke Soyinka, I will even beg the Queen to help talk to Aso Rock to dialogue with us. Who wants to lose face by being ignored and yet being routed out of the creeks at the same time.

  • St

    You can only wage war against a sick and corrupt military, then win not with a focused military trained soldier…. I hope the soldiers get more training and destroy the militants, murderers, vandals and the kidnappers…. So many children and parents have lost their lives because of this silly exchange rate.

  • share Idea

    ….”He said the operations, carried out by Special Forces on Friday, led to the recovery of an abandoned engine boat; two AK-47 rifles with 199 rounds of ammunition; 11 pump action guns, a locally made revolver pistol; 292 cartridges of live ammunition; four electricity generating sets and a camp gas cooker.”

    Does the above narration in the article match the photo associated to the article. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Rommel

      Keep deceiving yourself,people that previously never read newspapers are today insulting everyone on the internet,one good day,it will be your turn

    • Decimator

      Well Observed,
      Remember that Aisha Buhari according to the photo shopping media propaganda from them,
      recently visited US and landed at Washington Dulles International airport, and
      was meant to spend a week, but till date not even a photo shopping propaganda
      media coverage of her return has been shown. Is she now in exile? Otherwise this
      is the longest one week journey I have ever observed.

      The biggest problem the Buhari administration has is that they fail to realise that we are
      in the digital age and no more in the 1980s they had taught and wished themselves.

      • paul irumundomon

        And former efcc boss, said he knew the aisha buhari in question, but he can not bring her forward or prosecute her. This is exactly, what happened in the era of babagida drug deals, Gloria okon was arrested at the air port with drugs, she politely explained that she was given the bag and that the owner of the bag was in the air plane she was about to board, Nigerians working for babagida,allowed the plane to take off. That led to the death of an innocent man, Mr dele giwa, because he unearth the true story.

    • henry

      Is like you are one of them? To have be able to disproof what the Nigeria Army is saying.

  • Rommel

    This is just a preamble of things to come,soon these animals will feel the heat,more grease to the elbows of our resurrected soldiers, death to all the people who wish evil for Nigeria.

    • Otile

      ISIS agent,
      So you know which one is preamble and which is attack for looting. If parasites cannot get things peacefully they resort to violence. Looters.

  • You hear Operation Crocodile Smile you think na joke where you see crocs dey smile?

    • Otile

      Cowards, can you challenge your invading fulani masters? Once you see the fulani vandals advancing you start singing their praises.

      • Observer

        We dont have problem with Fulani herdsmen, no be una dem dey murder, uppn una mouth. Hahaha

  • Adekunle

    Good, seize all the weapons Nyesom Wike bought for the forthcoming Senatorial elections in Rivers state. Kill and shoot at sight anyhow that’s a threat to the national assets.

    A child that says its parent won’t sleep should be ready to keep vigil

    • paul irumundomon

      Imagin your parents are from this area, would you say army to shot at sight. What a country, what a people, who are so heartless. Your currency value is going down daily, he should think of how to stabilize it before buying weapons Nigeria army will never learn how to use. Watch youtube, of how Nigeria army and air force chased boko haram for about 30 minutes, they don’t know how to shot from the air, but they know how to abuse innocent Nigerians on the street.

  • Apostel

    Well done, brave Soldiers. I love smiling crocodiles.

    • Otile

      Yeah, brave Islamic Fulani murderous soldiers. Soon they ill turn to your tribesmen and you all will flee en masse to Dahomey and Togo. Sycophants.

      • paul irumundomon

        Their hate had made their zones a no go area, by every peace loving human beings. People that kill pregnant women and children, they are heartless, ypu can see that too in buhari, by his behaviors and actions. He only came to divide Nigeria with his fanatical views, about non muslims. Check all his appointments and those he had dismissed you will see reasons with me.

        • Observer

          Lies… We are enjoying this dispensation. You can wait for the bomb at the creek for all I care. If you like call Buhari chadian or senegalist, that will not stop hom from hitting you if you go against the law.

          • paul irumundomon

            Do you really, from the bottom of your heart call Nigeria, a country that practice rule of law or rule of buhari, selective justice. This is not a law, responsible people should be happy to have and practice, the world is laughing at him, all the criminals in Nigeria are only pdp and those who were suspected of coup that toppled the military goverment of buhari. Abdul salam and babagida are now his advisers, you can imagin that. You president said that Abacha did not steal money. Rejoice until you will no longer have a country to call your own.

      • Observer

        Lol, mumu otile, its your people Fulani can hit na.. With all your militants. You guys cant defeat them. We gave you guys power, but when we realize the buffoon nature in you, we took it back, now eedey pain una. Lol. Expect the worse, as long as you stand against the country. One more thing, never will your clan taste power again. Buhahaha

  • JasV

    Nzobu nzobu eyimba eyim. Nzobu nzobu Zaki biam, nzobu nzobu Odi. He or She who has ears let him or her hear.

    • Otile

      You are disgusting, you are rejoicing at the killings by criminal thug rulers. Shame on you and your evil heroes.

      • Powerlessconscious

        Shame on you.

        • Otile

          Why are you saying this? Do you want me to rejoice with you that evil rulers are killing citizens for oil? The shame is on you.

          • Observer

            Hahahaha, so eedey pain you say dey don dey nack your people now? Shebi dem dey claim avengers, oya, FG sef don dey revenge. Una never chee chon chin. I dont see them as citizens, they are terrorists. Kill them all. No Mercy

        • paul irumundomon

          Why are you behind a fake name. Write your hate with your real full names, if you mean what you are saying. Stand by your words, so buhari with his bias and hate , will be equated with you.

    • Reasonable

      @JasV, thanks my bros. the goes “A word is enough for the wise”