SSS parades 2 militant leaders in Rivers

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By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— MEN of the State Security Service, SSS, have arrested two persons described as militant leaders in Kula community, Rivers State. They were accused of terrorising the oil rich community and recruiting youths in the area to float fresh militant camps.

Parading the suspects, Director of the security body in the state, Mr Douglas Dogo, said his men swung into action after series of complaints from chiefs and responsible members of Kula community on the alleged atrocities of the suspects.

The Director who spoke through his Assistant Director, Operations and Intelligence, gave the names of the alleged militant leaders as Sopakiriba Igbikis and Akobo Erise, adding that they would be charged to court.

His words: ”These militants have re-established new camps in Kula community and its environs from where they unleash mayhem on the oil companies and civilian population that ply Kula sea routes.

“Several innocent lives have been lost as a result of clashes between the militant elements. They also engage in sea piracy, particularly on fishing trawlers, oil tankers and robbery of boat operators.”

The SSS boss added that the two arrested militant leaders had been engrossed in a battle of supremacy in the area as they ran different militant groups.

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