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The Nigerian says she has captured two groups of high profile militants in the Niger Delta.

According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations Officer, Col Sani Usman Kukasheka, the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with the Navy and DSS arrested the two groups from different locations, deep in the Niger Delta.

The first group is led by one Mr. Gabriel Ogbudje.

He is the alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire Force”, a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant.

A statement from Acting Director Army Public Relations Officer, Col Sani Usman Kukasheka said he was alleged to be responsible for the recent act of economic sabotage perpetrated on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of last month.

The statement also reads: “The suspected militant was arrested by troops along Agbor-Abraka road, Edo State Yesterday (Tuesday).

“He has been on the run since we declared him wanted.

“He publicly declared himself as the leader of the “Otugas Fire Force Militant Group.”

“He also issued statements and declared an operation codenamed “Crocodile Tears.”

“This was while the Brigade was engaged on the military field training exercise nicknamed “Operation Crocodile Smile”.

“The news was by Vanguard and Thisday newspapers.

“Gabriel was arrested along his accomplice, Mr. Elvis Dweller Ejus.

“Both suspects were handed to Operation DELTA SAFE for further interrogation and subsequent handing over to the relevant security agency for prosecutions.”

Col. Usman Kukasheka also said the group were picked up in Calabar, Cross Rivers State.

The Army says this particular arrest was of significant importance since the individual in question, Isaac Romeo AKA ‘G2’ is a kingpin of the Niger Delta Avengers.

Kukasheka said Romeo was arrested alongside Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross State while driving in a vehicle with registration number, CRS 86 AO1 on Saturday, 3rd September 2016.

“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,” the statement said.