A top Commander of the Urhobo/Isoko militant group, Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has been nabbed by the operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) code-named Operation Delta Safe.
Security sources told our correspondent that the high profile suspect was apprehended on Sunday after dilligent surveillance by JTF operatives.
The suspect, whose name could not be ascertained at the time of this report, was said to have been arrested along with four of his foot soldiers. Our correspondent learnt that the militant commander was one of the brains behind incessant attack on trunklines in Ughelli and environs.
It was learnt that soldiers attached to 222 Battalion, Ughelli stepped up massive manhunt for the members of Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate
Since last Saturday after the group claimed it breached Iwhremaro trunkline in Ughelli North Local Government area of Delta State on Friday night.
“We stepped up action when the group again claimed it vandalised another pipeline and it paid off with the arrest of one of their kingpins along with four other militants” a top security source said. The group had in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Aldo Agbalaja on Friday, said “At about 2100hour of Thursday October 13, 2016, the Akuma Strike Team of the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate brought down the IWHREMARO to the Quality Control Centre (QCC) Delivery Line to signal the commencement of the Operation Hammurabi Code”.
It assured that more of such attack would come in days noting that it had been patient and reasonable all along hence its choice to restrict the group’s activities to mild operations that were not aimed at causing critical damages.
True to its threat, NDGJM in Less than 24 hours after claimed it attacked another trunk line in Ughelli North prompting the military to lunch a manhunt for the brains behind the spates of attacks. Acting JTF Spokesman, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Otuji confirmed the arrests to our correspondent.