The Joint Task Force,codenamed 'Operation Pulo Shield'says it has successfully scuttled 7 hide outs used by Kidnappers and Sea robbers in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in a recent operation in the area.
JTF in a statement signed by its spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu says from series of thorough surveillance and investigations carried out by the operatives of the Joint Task Force ,a number of hideouts that has served for hibernation to these criminals has been uncovered.
Nwachukwu noted that the kidnappers and sea robbers have over time harassed and intimidated not only the inhabitants of these communities but also those engaged in commercial activities in the water ways.
He observed that the nefarious activities of these criminals have therefore to a large extent detrimentally impacted on the socio-economic activities of the people in the affected areas and the generality of users of the water ways.
The JTF also said they have commenced a joint operation to rid the water ways and creeks of all criminal hide outs to restore normalcy.
The JTF spokesman also confirmed that the operation, code named OPERATION CLEAN UP THE WATER WAYS have commenced clean up in Azuzuama community which they claimed served as a safe haven for notorious Kidnappers and Sea robbers and have been used as a platform for launching attacks on innocent victims.