The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, Operation Delta Safe, announced on Monday that its troops successfully rescued nine kidnap victims who were abducted by armed gunmen on March 29 along the Ugheli-Patani axis of the East-West road.

Rear Admiral John Okeke, commander of the joint military force deployed to the Niger Delta, confirmed the rescue to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday night. Okeke disclosed that the rescue operation also led to the arrest of ten suspected kidnappers, including an NYSC member and a Navy rating among the rescued victims.

“In continuation to ensure safety of lives and property in the Niger Delta Region, the gallant troops of the Joint Task Force South South Operation Delta Safe (OPDS), comprising troops of Quick Response Force (QRF) of Headquarters OPDS, Land, Maritime, and Air Components, rescued nine kidnapping victims on Monday, April 1, 2024,” stated Rear Admiral Okeke.

“The freed victims were kidnapped on March 29, 2024, along Patani-Ughelli Road in Delta State. During the rescue operation, 10 suspects in connection with the kidnap incident were arrested. Among the rescued victims is a Naval Rating and an NYSC member,” he added.

Furthermore, the JTF Commander issued a stern warning to criminal elements operating within the Niger Delta region, emphasizing that there would be no safe haven for them. Okeke assured that the troops would spare no effort in ensuring a conducive environment for the safety of lives and properties in the area.

Commending the troops for their gallantry and dedication during the rescue operation, Okeke urged the general public to collaborate with security agencies by providing useful information on criminal activities within their communities.