The DSS has arrested a man it named as suspect behind the coup rumour and missile attack threat as Jones Abiri, aka General Akotebe Darikoro, leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF).
He was arrested last Thursday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. He is a journalist working for a tabloid in Yenegoa.
The DSS said the JNDLF has “been furthering separatist tendencies in connivance with other criminal gangs in the Niger Delta region.”
According to it, Darikoro who operates under the nom-de-guerre “General-Kill and Bury”, the security organization said he has “confessed and owned up to some criminal activities committed by the JNDLF, which include:
*The vandalism of Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw LGA and bombing of oil pipeline belonging to Shell Development Company (SPDC) at Brass creek on 8th July, 2016, all in Bayelsa State;
*Threat messages to managements of NAOC and SPDC demanding for the payment of five hundred million naira (N500m), and two hundred and fifty million naira (N250m) respectively;
*Threat to launch missile attacks against selected targets in Abuja including the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock.
It accused Darikoro of also masterminding the recently circulated hoax of planned overthrow of President Buhari by the military.
Ramat was apprehended at Jabi Motor Park, Utako, Abuja also last Thursday, as he perfected plan to “attack the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs, in collaboration with other elements of an extremist cell of the Boko Haram group.”
The DSS in the statement signed by Tony Opuiyo said its “on-going tactical operations aimed at degrading the capabilities and hide-outs of criminal syndicates across the federation are now paying off with strategic arrests of top-level underground elements.”
It added: “one Stephen Mamayebo aka Oscar, a suspected militant was arrested at OMPADEC Primary School in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Mamayebo was arrested in connection with the kidnap of an expatriate staff of Setraco Construction Company and subsequent murder of two soldiers, namely Sgt Garba Umar and Private Bashir Kabiru, along Ogbia-Nembe road on 5th April, 2016.