A combined team of naval and army forces stormed the hideout of a militant gang operating on the waters of oil-producing Cross River State and rescued 27 abducted oil workers, navy spokesman, Lt. Commander Ajibola Olabisi.
According to Olabisi, "It was a joint military operation involving the navy and the army. Twenty-seven oil workers were rescued, while one is still missing”. He said 28 workers of Sinopec, an oil-servicing company, had been kidnapped in Ikang near the state capital Calabar by an armed gang called the Lactop Marine Force. Members of the gang had been terrorizing residents of the area for a long time before the troops moved in to dislodge them.
Olabisi said that "the criminals fled as soon as our men stormed their hideout. Nobody was either killed or injured during the operation," he said, adding that the military were on the trail of the kidnappers.