Game Over: Troops Arrest Notorious Militant ‘general Eagle’
SAN FRANCISCO, December 17, (THEWILL) – Troops of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Operation Delta Safe (ODS) have arrested a suspected notorious militant popularly known as 'General Eagle.'
Eagle, who is said to be the leader of a gang of militants who serially attacked pipelines in Delta and Bayelsa states, was arrested by troops of ODS after months of being on the wanted list of security agencies in the Niger Delta region.
Confirming the development, ODS Commander, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, said the hoodlum was arrested at his hideout along Captain Ayeni Road, Kpansia, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, with three other suspects.
“The tenacity and resilience of Operation Delta Safe troop and personnel led to his arrest,” he said narrating how the troops apprehended him.
“After gathering actionable intelligence, troops carried out surgical military operations at his hideout at Captain Ayeni Road, Kpansia Yenagoa.
“He was arrested with three other suspects.
“Items recovered from his hideout include seven mobiles phones, 15 identity cards, one First Bank ATM card and a jack knife. Suspects are being interrogated for further actions.
“The criminal and his group have at various times masterminded the destruction of oil infrastructures in order to sabotage the operation of the companies and the economy of the nation, engaged in illegal oil bunkering and kidnap of high profile victims.
“The self-acclaimed 'General Eagle' recently organised and blew one of the oil company's risers at Golubokiri along Obama Brass pipeline in Bayelsa State. He claimed responsibility for the heinous crime.
“The criminal was involved on the planting of explosives devices and threatened Tobie oil facilities at Golubokiri, Mansonkiri and others in the general area.
“The text that accompanied one of his blasts indicated that the criminal had severally threatened oil companies and their staff and thereafter owned up to the sabotage with further threats to carry out more attacks. It would interest you to know that he has been on the watch list of security agencies for some time now.”
Story by Oputah David