Naija Delta Ex-Militant Arrested In Bayelsa

The Joint Task Force codenamed Operation Pulo Shield has arrested an ex-militant leader, Gbereke Seifa.

Seifa is suspected to have carried out a series of attacks on pipelines belonging to oil multinationals in the Niger Delta.

Our correspondent gathered that the suspect, 25, popularly known as ‘General Cairo,’ was lured to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, from his Warri, Delta State hideout on Thursday by the operatives of the JTF.

He was said to have been arrested and whisked to the headquarters of the JTF in the state capital, where he was interrogated by the Commander of the JTF, Maj.-Gen. Johnson Ochoga.

It was gathered that Cairo, who until his arrest was on the wanted list of JTF, confessed to leading members of his group to attack notable pipelines belonging to the Nigeria Agip Oil Company and Shell Petroleum Development Company.

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He was said to have led the Movement for the Survival of Niger Delta Disarmed Youths, a group of ex-militants protesting its exclusion from the amnesty programme of the Federal Government.

The Media Coordinator, JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the arrest to our correspondent in Yenagoa, said the outfit had been on the trail of Cairo for over four months.

He described the suspect as notorious and vicious and said he was the kingpin of “a very notorious gang that has been perpetrating nefarious activities and destruction of pipelines and oil wellheads in the region.”

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