One notorious militant identified as “General Eagle”, has been picked up by the Military person in the Operation Delta Safe, ODS.
General Eagle is the leader of a gang of militants, who have serially attacked pipelines in Delta and Bayelsa states.
A JTF commander, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, confirmed General Eagle’s arrest to newsmen.
Apochi said the militant was arrested at his hideout in Bayelsa State. He was arrested alongside 3 other suspects.
According to Apochi, “After gathering actionable intelligence, troops carried out surgical military operations at his hideout.
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“He was arrested with three other suspects.
“Items recovered from his hideout include seven mobiles phones, 15 identity cards, one First Bank ATM card and a jack knife.
“Suspects are being interrogated for further actions”.
“The criminal and his group have at various times masterminded the destruction of oil infrastructures.
“They have sabotaged the operation of oil companies and the economy of the nation.
“They have been engaged in illegal oil bunkering and kidnap of high profile victims.
“‘General Eagle’ recently organized and blew one of the oil company’s risers at Golubokiri along Obama Brass pipeline in Bayelsa.
“He claimed responsibility for the heinous crime.
“The criminal was involved in the planting of explosives devices.
“He has threatened Tobie oil facilities at Golubokiri, Mansonkiri and others in the general area.
“The text that accompanied one of his blasts indicated that the criminal had severally threatened oil companies.
“He has threatened oil company’s staff too.
“He has also owned up to the sabotage with further threats to carry out more attacks.
“It would interest you to know that he has been on the watch list of security agencies for some time now.”
This news house is yet to ascertain whether ‘General Eagle’ works for Niger Delta Avengers or a loner.