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DSS arrests mastermind of coup plot rumour




Luck has run out for a leader of one of the Niger Delta groups, Jones Abari, aka Gen. Akotebe Darikoro, as he has been arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, for allegedly masterminding rumours of impending coup plot against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Abari, said to be the leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, was arrested in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital on July 21.

A statement issued Mr. Tony Opuiyo of the DSS, disclosed that Abari has already confessed to the crime and others.

According to the DSS statement, the suspect also confessdd to, among other criminal activities, threatening to launch missile attacks on selected targets in Abuja and Aso Rock and writing threat messages to the management of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) demanding for N500 million and N250 million respectively.

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The DSS also alleged that Abari also masterminded the vandalism of NAOC trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw and bombing of SPDC oil pipeline.

Similarly, the DSS said in the statement that it arrested a suspected terrorist at the Jabi Motor Park in Abuja also on July 21.

The suspect, whose name was given as Bulama Ramat, before his arrest, was said to have been planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory and its environs in collaboration with other elements of an extremist cell of the Boko Haram group.

According to Opuiyo, the service also arrested some other criminal elements within the month of July in Enugu, Ondo, Jos, Kaduna, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt and Kano states, urging citizens and residents to remain vigilant and report all suspicious persons, parcels or vehicles to the nearest security formation.

“Members of the public are further called upon to see our societal and individual safety as our collective responsibility,” he said.

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