During early hours of Saturday, suspected militants led by the declared wanted criminal kingpin, Benjamin Simplee (AKA G1) leader of the Bakassi Strike Force, in several speed boats attacked troops deployed at Efut Esighi waterfront in Bakassi LGA of Cross River State. During the attack, a soldier was killed in action, while 2 soldiers were missing in action.
They also burnt a buffalo pickup vehicle. The troops have also killed 2 of the attackers while the rest escaped with gun shot wounds. However, the reinforcement sent have found the missing soldiers. In addition, the troops location have been reinforced with more gunboats and air component.
The clearance and pursuit operation is on going. 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 wish to send an unequivocal warning to all the criminal elements in the society that intent to attack any of its locations to have a rethink.