The troops of Operation Delta Safe have rescued many kidnapped victims, uncovered illegal refineries and recovered arms and stolen crude oil in the Niger Delta region, the Defence Headquarters said on Tuesday.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
Mr Enenche said the troops of Sector 2 while on routine patrol at Nembe Owelesu, Bayelsa, encountered sea robbers at Abuja Open Water-Nembe who escaped into the creeks.
He added that the troops rescued 15 persons held hostage in five speed boats by the hoodlums.
Mr Enenche also disclosed that the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder patrol team intercepted and arrested 3 Barges (MV Rock 1, Julianah and an unnamed barge) laden with illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) at AGIP waterfront for suspected involvement in illegal bunkering activities on April 23.
He added that the team also arrested another barge laden with suspected stolen crude oil around Okochiri River entrance.