The Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE said it
discovered four militant shrines with 23 human
skulls in various stages of decomposition, one
complete human skeleton, and several other
human body parts in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local
Government Areas of Cross River State.
According to official statement issued on
Thursday, October 27th by the group’s Acting
Commander, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, the
shrines were destroyed as troops continue the
search for the perpetrators of these heinous acts.
In a related development, other troops of the
command in Bayelsa State arrested 44 members
of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB) at Lakeview Club on Mabinton Estate, who
were planning to establish the Bayelsa State
Chapter of the group and disrupt public peace
within the Joint Operations Area of Operation
"They were duly arrested and have been handed
over to relevant authorities for further
investigations. The unity of Nigeria is non–
negotiable and sacrosanct. Hence any unlawful
gathering that will cause mayhem, threaten the
unity and sovereignty of the country will not be
Brig. General Aligbe said the raid in which the
human skulls and remains were found covered
Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi
and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of Cross
River State, following a tip-off.
"With the clearance of these shrines, the Bakassi
Strike Force have effectively been smoked out
from the area they used to hold sway. It should
be noted that the senseless killing of humans for
ritual purposes is sacrilegious and will not be
tolerated in any form."
He said troops also arrested two suspects while
on patrol at Idebe Ifak Anam, Ikot Okon Edem and
Abakpa of Bakassi Local Government Area in
Cross River State, with a preliminary investigation
revealing them to be agents of Bakassi Strike
He further disclosed that last Sunday, following a
distress call from Finima in Bonny of an attack by
some cult members using AK-47 rifles to terrorize
members of the community, troops immediately
raided their hideout.
"The suspected kingpin popularly referred to as
Eagle Face [dived] into the river on sighting
troops. Two of the suspected cult members were
arrested; one locally made pistol, one machete,
and 2 handsets were recovered."
The body of ‘Eagle Face’ was seen floating in the
creeks two days later by locals who recovered
and buried it on the Bonny river bank, he said,
and efforts are continuing, towards apprehending
other members of the group.
While commending members of the public for their
cooperation and timely provision of information to
troops, Brig. General Aligbe re-assured residents
and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta
region of their safety and urged them to go about
their legitimate businesses.
"Operation DELTA SAFE has the full backing of the
Federal Government of Nigeria to bring sanity to
the Joint Operation Area within its Rules of
Engagement," he said