The Nigeria Army has announced that they have arrested a suspected Niger Delta Avengers kingpin, the militant group which is responsible for blowing up most of the oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region.
In a statement issued by Col. Sani Usman Kukasheka, the acting director of army public relations, it was stated that troops of 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Air Force and covert operatives of the Defence Intelligence Agency, arrested the suspected Niger Delta Avengers kingpin, Isaac Romeo, popularly known as “G2”.
According to Usman, Romeo was arrested on Saturday, 3rd September 2016, with two other persons; Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross River State while driving in a vehicle with registration number, CRS 86 AO1.
The statement said:
“The arrest followed painstaking efforts and tracking of the militant who was in the state to perpetrate further criminal activities of sabotaging critical infrastructures. All the suspects are currently being interrogated.”
In the same vein, Usman in the statement, also announced that troops of 4 Brigade arrested one Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje, a former militant leader alleged to be the leader of the “Otugas Fire Force”, a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant. Ogbudie was said to be responsible for the recent attack on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of August.
The statement read:
“The suspected militant, who was trailed, was arrested by troops along Agbor-Abraka road, Edo State on Tuesday 6th September 2016.
“He has been on the run since he was declared wanted because of his public declaration as the leader of the militant group ‘Otugas Fire Force’ and his subsequent declaration of the threat code named ‘Crocodile Tears’, which was published by the Vanguard and Thisday newspapers on 31st August 2016, while the Brigade was engaged on the military field training exercise nicknamed “Operation Crocodile Smile.”
He also said Ogbudie was arrested with his accomplice, Mr. Elvis Dweller Ejus, and both suspects were handed to Operation Delta Safe for further interrogation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency for prosecution.
He said all the suspects are currently being interrogated.