According to the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre (JMCC) of ODS, Lt. Col. Olaolu Dauda,
“Earlier on today, the troops arrested one Mr Victor Bassey, alleged bugler while on routine check. Items recovered include: One Hundred and Thirty Six Thousand Naira (N136,000:00) only, one Ifinix Note II handset, one venue handset. Items and suspect will be handed over to the Nigeria Police”.
On the mop-up operation at Cross River South, the spoeksman said that troops conducted anti-militancy patrol around Ekpirikan, Maternity and Idebe axis of Bakassi Local Government Area. “One suspected militant known as John Ita was arrested based on tip off in his residence at Idebe in Bakassi. A car and motorcycle were recovered from him.
“Similarly, troops deployed at Ikang located an illegal assembly of suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross River State.
“They were distributing flyers, leaflets, tea-shirts, food items and other materials in order to lure and mobilize members at Epiri – Ikang axis.
The intention was to hold a meeting on how to mobilize and influence people in support of IPOB. “The suspects,Comrade Prince Obuka (National President Biafra Nation Youth League), Mr Slvanus Uzor and Mrs Ada Emechetta were subsequently arrested along Ikang – Cameroun border.
“It should be noted that the Acting Commander, Operation DELTA SAFE, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe reiterates that any illegal assembly to propagate Biafra or any such group will not be tolerated or condoned.
“Furthermore, he expresses his appreciation to the people of the region for their continued support and co operation”.