The Nigerian Army yesterday said troops of the 4 Brigade in Abia State have arrested one Gabriel Ogbudje (an ex-militant leader) and the alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire Force”, a militant group threatening to attack the Utorogu Gas Plant.
A statement from the army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said Ogbuje was alleged to be responsible for the recent attack on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on August 26.
Usman said the militant was trailed and arrested by troops along Agbor-Abraka road in Edo State on Tuesday.
“He had 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”,” Usman added.
He also said Ogbudie was arrested with his accomplice, Elvis Dweller Ejus and both were handed over to the Operation Delta Safe for further interrogation and subsequent passage to the relevant security agency for prosecution.
He further said troops of the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Air Force and covert operatives of the Defence Intelligence Agency, arrested a suspected kingpin of the Niger Delta Avengers, Isaac Romeo, who goes by the appellation of “G2”. Usman said Romeo was arrested with two other persons, Mr. Lawson Samson and an elderly man, Mr. Iyang Ekpo in Calabar, Cross River State while in a vehicle with registration number, CRS 86 AO1 on Saturday, September 3.
He added that the arrest followed painstaking efforts and tracking of the militant who was in the state to perpetrate further criminal activities of sabotaging critical infrastructure.
He said all the suspects were being interrogated.