Nigeria: Notorious rebel leader shot but escapes capture

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The hide-out of the Niger Delta’s most notorious militant group headed by Woki Godswill Ibralayu has been raided by the Nigerian Army in what has been described as ‘operation fire-for-fire.’ The raid left six rebels dead and Mr. Woki Godswill bathed in his own blood from bullet wounds.

He escaped however.

The militant leader and his throng of rebels had attacked an Agip helicopter and the Agips Brass oil terminal, last week. In July last year, Mr. Woki Godswill was said to have murdered three soldiers along the Nembe Creek.

The rebel leader and his men were taken unaware as the Nigerian Army stormed Ewoama community and carried out a cordon and search operations in Daroama General Area close to militant camp last week to look for illegal arms and ammunition and arrest criminals.

All local and foreign oil workers, and law-abiding citizens, have been asked to go about their normal businesses without fear of chaos as the Nigerian Army vows to give the rebels a tough time in their effort to protect the people and friends of the Niger Delta within its operational guidelines.

Col. Rabe Abubakar who is the Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Center (JMCC) of the JTF, in a statement yesterday in Yenagoa said, “The militants from the camp, controlled and operated by one Mr. Woki Godswill Ibralayu were responsible for the killing of 3 soldiers at Nembe, last year. And the frequent armed robbery operations along Port Harcourt – Yenagoa axis, recently, and the incessant attacks on JTF locations and oil companies in recent times were (…) perpetrated by Woki and his men.”

The notorious militant leader is still most wanted by the Nigerian army for his attrocities in the creeks and waterways of the Niger Delta area.

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