A statement by acting director of army
public relations, Col. Sani Usman Kukasheka
said that troops of 13 Brigade of the
Nigerian Army arrested a suspected leader
of the Niger Delta Avengers, Isaac Romeo,
popularly known as “G2”.
He was arrested alongside two other
people named Lawson Samson and Iyang
Ekpo (an elderly man) in Calabar, Cross
River state while driving in a vehicle on
Saturday, September 3.
Nigeria army in Operation Crocodile Smile
preparations. The army says its has
arrested Niger Delta Avengers leader
during the operation.
The statement said the army carried out
the arrest in conjunction with the navy, air
force and secret agents of the Defence
“The arrest followed painstaking efforts and
tracking of the militant who was in the state
to perpetrate further criminal activities of
sabotaging critical infrastructures. All the
suspects are currently being interrogated,”
the statement said.
In a related event, Usman announced that
the troops of 4 Brigade of the Nigerian
Army has arrested a suspected militant
called Gabriel Ogbudje who is allegedly
responsible for the destruction of NPDC/
Shoreline major delivery trunk line within
Ogo-Oteri general area on August 26.
Gabriel Ogudje is a suspected Niger Delta
militant who was arrested by the army.
The army statement said that Ogbudje is
the alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire
Force”, a militant group which has
threatened to attack the Utorogu Gas Plant.
The statement read: “The suspected
militant, who was trailed, was arrested by
troops along Agbor-Abraka road, Edo State
on Tuesday 6th September 2016.
“He has 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”, which was
published by the Vanguard and Thisday
newspapers on 31st August 2016, while the
Brigade was engaged on the military field
training exercise nicknamed “Operation
Isaac Romeo of the Niger Delta Avengers
after he was arrested by the Nigeria Army.
“Gabriel was arrested along with his
accomplice, Mr. Elvis Dweller Ejus. Both
suspects were handed to Operation DELTA
SAFE for further interrogation and
subsequent handing over to the relevant
security agency for prosecutions.”