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Security Men Comb Niger Delta For Dokubo’s Men

Posted by This Day Online on 2005/12/06 | Views: 315 |

Security Men Comb Niger Delta For Dokubo’s Men


A combined team of armed soldiers and policemen are presently combing some areas in the Niger Delta Region for suspected members of the Niger Delta Volunteered Force for allegedly planning to disrupt free flow of operations in some oil installations in Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States.

A combined team of armed soldiers and policemen are presently combing some areas in the Niger Delta Region for suspected members of the Niger Delta Volunteered Force for allegedly planning to disrupt free flow of operations in some oil installations in Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States.

Though, the reasons for the planned attack were not given, a source said it may not be unconnected with alleged attempt by the group to cause a break down of law and order in Bayelsa State over the arrest, detention and subsequent trial of Alhaji Asari Dokubo in an Abuja High Court.

A signal from the Police High Command in Abuja allegedly written to the Commissioners of Police of the three states direct the three state police boss to tighten security around key areas.

It was also stated that members of the Niger Delta Volunteer, Force must be placed under surveillance and arrested if the need arises in case of a break down of law and order.

Indeed, members of the group were also said to be responsible for the temporary shut down of operations in some oil installations in the area recently.

A police source in the Command Headquarters in Port Harcout, River State alleged that they have been able to identify some members of the group alleged to be the brains behind the frequent attacks on expatriates.

The source who gave the names of three members of the group as John Onyemaechi Elugbe, 17, Kingsley Perekeme 22, and Solomon Kojo 28, added that security operative have been detailed to fish out all those who might had a hand in the attacks.

"There are strong indications that some of the suspects particularly Elugbe and Perekeme may have bolted away from the area for fear of arrest and prosecution" the police source added.

However, in a dramatic twist of event, sources close to some of the suspects have alleged that there is a planned attempt by some security operatives in the area to commence a systematic killing of people opposed to the criminal activities of some multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta area. A statement which the police refuted claiming that it was blatant lies.

One of the source who simply identified himself as Goodness alleged that Elugbe and Perekeme were actually abducted by some security operatives and taken away to an unknown destination.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr. Haz Iwendi, however, could not be reached for confirmation, but another police source who spoke with THISDAY on the condition of anonymity said the war against all ethnic militia group was a presidential directive.


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