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Niger Delta community jubilates as Army releases three detainee villagers


The people of Akperhe Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State jubilated on Tuesday following the release of the last three persons arrested by the military in “Operation Crocodile Smile”. Vincent Ekeke; Henry Koko; a pregnant woman, Rachael Abbahwere; and Madam Amrevweatefa Odada, septuagenarian, were arrested on August 31.

The military had accused them of having link with militants, but released the septuagenarian on September 4. The remaining three were released from the military police custody of 3 Battalion, Effurun, Nigerian Army Barrack at about 2pm.

Responding, Goddy Akpojotor, elder brother to Koko, one of the freed detainees, expressed joy at the freedom.

Akpojotor said: 

“The three others were released to us today unconditionally.


“Akperhe has been in jubilation.


“We give glory to God.”

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