4 kidnapped immigration officers rescued in Rivers

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By Chukwudi Akasike

HARCOURT – Details have emerged about how four immigration officers, who were abducted by along the Bonny waterways , were .

The immigration officers, whose identities were revealed, regained their freedom during a sting operation carried out on Wednesday by the and the maritime component of the Joint Task Force codenamed: Operation Delta Safe.

Our correspondent learnt that security personnel involved the operation had combed the creeks from Bonny to Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru before they could locate and rescue the victims.

A security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he had been authorised to speak on the incident, explained that the immigration officers were ferried from where they were being held hostage to safety after their rescue.

The source stated, “The abducted officers of the were by personnel of the at a militant camp between Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru.

“They were around 10am on Wednesday. The kidnappers had engaged the security operatives a gun battle.

“Seven of the militants were fatally wounded and were recovered from them. Unfortunately, other members of the gang escaped deep into the creek with gunshot wounds.”

The rescued immigration officers were handed over to the police for to the NIS and their .

Confirming the rescue, the state Police Public Relations , Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said the immigration officers were freed about 15 minutes from Bonny. (Punch)