‎Four suspect vandals killed in gun duel with security operatives

By Precious Igbonwelundu
Four persons were yesterday killed following a gun battle that ensued between security forces engaged in the anti-pipeline vandalism operation in Ikorodu.
‎The incident which occurred at the Abule Oba area of the city was said to have started after Nigerian Navy personnel were attacked by vandals while on routine patrol in a bid to rid that axis of pipeline vandals.
It was gathered that a vandal kingpin, identified as BlackBerry was among those who died in the battle.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman, Western Naval Command (WNC) Lieutenant Commander Abdulsalam ‎Sani it occurred around 4pm on Thursday.
“Our men were on routine patrol in their boat, which is part of the ongoing operation AWATSE). On sighting them, the vandals who were also in their own boats opened fire.
“An exchange of fire ensued between the vandals and the team of the Nigerian Navy. In the process, four armed vandals including the kingpin, alias Blackberry were killed while others escaped with bullet wounds.
“The Nigerian Navy is poised to protecting lives and properties in that general area. We appeal to the public not to panic but to go about their normal activities. We also urge the public to provide useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of these evil activities,” Sani said.

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