Operatives of the Operation Delta Safe in the Niger Delta have allegedly [neutralized] two persons in Bayelsa state.
The suspects are purported members of a gun-running gang during a “shootout” in Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that the incident happened last Thursday at the waterfront of Polaku community in Yenagoa LGA.
The “shoot out” was said have caused pandemonium in the area as people scampered for safety.
The gang was allegedly conveying a consignment containing materials suspected to be guns.
They moved the items by boat to Polaku from Igbedi community in neighboring Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
Confirming the reports, community sources identified one of the victims as the boat driver fondly called Mike.
The identity of the other victim could not be ascertained as at press time.
It was learned that the boat driver was not a member of the gang.
There are reports that he was hired by the gangs to help carry them to Igbedi without the object of their mission disclosed to him.
He was said to have initially turned them down when they approached him.
He eventually gave in but after they promised to pay him a handsome fare.
It was when they were confronted at Polaku by the ODS operatives who acted on a tip-off that the boat driver got to know the dangerous nature of the movement.
The troops, however, were said to have also arrested some suspects who are now in their custody.
The spokesman of the ODS, Lt. Col, Olaolu Daudu, could not be reached for comment on the development as calls to his mobile phone did not connect.