The Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta has confirmed the killing of four soldiers in an ambush by unknown gunmen at Letugbene in Bayelsa. Spokesman of the Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), Major Victor Olukoya, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the sad event occurred on February 18. “Four soldiers were killed in action. However, investigation is ongoing to ascertain the persons or groups behind the attack,” he said.
Olukoya, further debunked stories of retaliation by the military. “It is important to state here that contrary to an online report, the men of OPDS did not invade Ekeremor community at any time. “The military is an organised and disciplined force and all its operations are guided by codes of conduct and rules of engagement. “So it cannot be seen to behave in the manner that was perpetrated by an online report,” Olukoya said.
The soldiers were said to be escorting a barge from Port Harcourt in Rivers State to Warri in Delta State when it came under attack at the coast of Atlantic Ocean