Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE repelled an attack on their location around Ajakpa community in the creeks of Southern Ondo State on Sunday night.
The attack was led by one notorious gang leader, Ossy Ibori, with a hideout at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Ibori was gunned down during the gun duel, along with some of his his gang members.
His body was identified by some of the locals in the area.
While search for other criminals who jumped into the water with gunshot wounds is ongoing, troops had recovered one AK-47 Rifle and 4 Magazines.
It could be recalled that criminal gangs, led by Ibori, have been terrorising parts of Lagos,Ogun and Ondo States prior to this operation.
They committed many atrocities threatening the peace and security of the general areas.
Last month, the gang killed an Army Captain and three Policemen in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Also late last year, the gang abducted students and staff of a secondary school.
The criminals also carried out several attacks at Ese-Odo community around Ajakpa, Safarogbo and Balowo.
The need to flush them out from their hideout, according to a statement on Monday, became necessary to ensure peace and security in Ondo State.
Sadly in the process, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price, while three others sustained gunshot wounds.
The injured have since been moved to military hospital for proper medical attention.
A statement, signed by the Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Center, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, said: While the operation is ongoing, let me appeal to law abiding residents of the affected communities to remain calm, vigilant and support our troops with valuable information on whereabouts of other criminals.”
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