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Plot to overthrow Buhari: DSS arrests alleged mastermind

By Soni Daniel

The Department of State Security Service, DSS, yesterday, unveiled the Niger Delta militant, who allegedly  threatened to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari and bomb key public institutions, including Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

DSSThe service, in a statement  by Tony Opuiyo, gave the name of the suspect as Jones ABIRI,  aka General Akotebe DARIKORO, who was arrested in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

DSS described  DARIKORO as the leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), which, according to it, has been orchestrating “separatist tendencies in connivance with other criminal gangs in the Niger Delta region”.

The agency said  DARIKORO, “who operates under the pseudo name of  General-Kill and Bury”, had confessed to some criminal activities committed by the  NDLF,” including 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”.

Other atrocities said to have been committed by the suspect include issuance of threat messages to managements of NAOC and SPDC demanding for the payment of  N500m and N250m respectively, and threatening to launch missile attacks against selected targets in Abuja including the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock.

It  said DARIKORO is also the mastermind of the recently circulated hoax of planned overthrow of  BUHARI and his administration.

“ Similarly, on 21st July 2016, 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 (2) soldiers, namely Garba UMAR/Sgt and Bashir KABIRU/Pte, along Ogbia-Nembe road on 5th April, 2016,” the DSS added.

“ Furthermore, on 20th  July, 2016, at Travelers Mosque, along Kaduna-Zaria Highway in Igabi LGA of Kaduna State, the trio of Ismaila  SHUAIBU, Kabiru NASIRU and Inusa ABDULLAHI were arrested during a tactical raid  by this Service.

“The trio were members of a notorious kidnap gang which has been terrorizing innocent citizens along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, and other environs within Kaduna State.

“On 22nd July, 2016, about 1730 hours, at Total Petrol Station, along Aba road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, one Chukwunyere Austin OKWAA was apprehended by the Service. OKWAA has been issuing death threats against the former Acting-Managing Director, NDDC, Ibim SEMENITARI (f).

“ In continuation of its fight against terrorism, on 21st July, 2016, this Service apprehended one Bulama Mohammed RAMAT aka Muhammad Bashir MUHAMMADU at Jabi Motor Park, in Utako, Abuja.

“ Prior to his arrest, MUHAMMADU was planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs, in collaboration with other elements of an extremist cell of the Boko Haram group.

“On 22nd June, 2016, a raid on suspected criminals/miscreants hide-outs behind Ado Bayero Quarters at Naibawa area of Kumbotso LGA of Kano State, resulted in the recovery of one (1) AK-47 rifle with 28 rounds of live ammunition. Other items recovered during the operation are one (1) Browningmodel pistol with two (2) rounds of live ammunition and a P5 pistol with ten (10) live rounds.

“Also, on 22nd July, 2016, the Service apprehendedone Saidu YAHAYA, during the screening of prospective Hajj pilgrims at the Muslim Pilgrims Board in Jos, Plateau State. YAHAYA has been under the radar of the Service as a black-market and illegal gunrunner who has been supplying arms and ammunitions to criminal and ethnic/religious bigots in Plateau, Taraba, Benue and Nassarawa States.

“ In another development, on 19th July, 2016, one Samson Chijioke NZEGWU was arrested at Obuofia village, in Nkanu-West LGA of Enugu State. NZEGWU is the ring-leader of a criminal-syndicate which has been using cloned/forged paraphernalia of the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Lawrence UGWUANYI, to defraud members of the public. During his arrest, the sum of One Million Naira, three (3) laptops, ten (10) different mobile phones, and other incriminating items were recovered from him.

“ On 17th July, 2016, at Idi-Mango Ore area in Odigbo LGA of Ondo State, one Esan Abiodun CHRISTOPHER aka MAIYEGUN was arrested by this Service. CHRISTOPHER is a member of the Reuben AKINBEHINJE-gang which masterminded the kidnap of two (2) Catholic nuns and their driver in Akure, Ondo State. The suspect was apprehended while coordinating plans to hijack fuel-supply tankers in Oyo State. He is currently under detention with five (5) other members of his criminal gang, with whom he had masterminded the hijack of several fuel tankers in Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Kwara and Kogi States respectively.”

The DSS asked Nigerians to remain vigilant and report all suspicious persons, parcels or vehicles to the nearest security formation for necessary actions.



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