A Nigerian soldier has been killed following an attack on the troops by some militants in Bakassi local government area of Cross River state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian troops also retaliated by killing two of the dare-devil militants during the raid.
Confirming the incident was the spokesperson of the Nigerian military, Sani Kukasheka Usman, revealed that Benjamin Simplee, also known as G1, a suspected militant leader, was responsible for the coordinated attack.
While other militants escaped with gunshot wounds, it was gathered that they ensured a military pick-up vehicle was burnt in the process.
He said: “The troops’ location has been reinforced with more gunboats and air component. The clearance and pursuit operation is ongoing.
“We would like to assure the public that this singular act would not deter us from the discharge of our duties.
“Therefore, the perpetrators of this dastardly act would be found and brought to justice.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to send an unequivocal warning to all the criminal elements in the society that intend to attack any of its locations to have a rethink.”
Only yesterday, rampaging militant group, Niger Delta Avengers bombed the Bonny 48 inches crude oil export line.
According to the militants in a statement issued on its website, it strike team took out the export line at about 8:40pm on Friday, September 23.
Avengers said the action is a signature to “the over dramatization of the so-called dialogue and negotiation process on the side of President Muhammadu Buhari and his government”.