Militant Behind President’t Buhari’s Coup Rumour, Propaganda Arrested By DSS
The Department of State Services on Saturday, announced the arrest of the alleged mastermind of rumours of a military coup. The DSS identified the mastermind as Jones Abiri, also known as Gen. Akotebe Darikoro.
The agency in a statement by its spokesperson, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja explained that Abiri was arrested on Thursday by DSS operatives.
The DSS described the suspect as the leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council, an arm of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force.
The statement added that the mastermind confessed to have been involved in other criminal activities like issuing a threat to launch missile attacks on selected targets in Abuja and the Presidential Villa.
The DSS said the suspect also wrote threatening letters to the management of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company and the Shell Petroleum Development Company, demanding for N500m and N250m respectively.
It added that Abiri was also accused of masterminding the vandalism of NAOC trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw and the bombing of the SPDC oil pipeline.
The DSS, also in the statement, said that its officers had arrested a suspected terrorist, Bulama Ramat, at the Jabi Motor Park, in Abuja, on Thursday.
Prior to his arrest, Ramat was alleged to be planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory and its environs in collaboration with other members of Boko Haram.
Part of the statement read, “Darikoro (Abiri), who operates under the nom-de-guerre ‘General-Kill and Bury’, has confessed and owned up to some criminal activities committed by the JNDLF.
“These included, vandalism of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw LGA and bombing of an oil pipeline belonging to Shell Development Company at Brass creek on 8 July, 2016, all in Bayelsa State.
“Darikoro is also the mastermind of the recently circulated hoax of planned overthrow of President Muhammadu Buhari, by the military.”