At the early hours of Friday, 30th September, 2016, troops from the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army Calabar, repelled an attack on its soldiers and killed about 8 armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of Cross River.
Capt. Kayode Owolabi, Public Relations Officer (PRO) for 13 Brigade who disclosed this to newsmen on this morning in Calabar, said that the militants attacked the Army post in Efut Esighi.
Owolabi said the militants were `boys’ of the most wanted militant leader in the area, Mr. Benjamin Ene a.k.a ‘G1’ who have been on the wanted list of security agencies in the state.
“The very determined troops from the 13 Brigade and Operation Delta Safe repelled an attack from armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government.
“The militants tried to attack the Army post in Efut Esighi. Some of them were wearing Nigerian military camouflage.
“We recovered 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun launcher, GPMG belt links and various charms on their bodies. Other militants escaped with very serious gun shots injuries.
“There was no casualty on the side of the military. Our men were in full combat during the attack. We have also destroyed their camps and shrines in the creeks.”, he said.
According to CrossRiverWatch, Captain Owolabi added that the 13 Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bulama Biu, had warned that no militant group or criminal under any guise would be spared.
He further said that the military and other security agencies will continue to hunt down any militant group or criminal that does not surrender.
He however, called on residents in the state to always avail them of useful and timely information that would assist them curb crime.
It will be recalled that on September 24, the Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed that militants killed one soldier at the same spot (Efut Esighi) where another attack was repelled today.