A militant leader identified as Jackson Fabouwei (25), who had been described as the mastermind of the killing of 11 policemen in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been arrested
Fabouwei was paraded before newsmen in Yenagoa, the state capital, at the Sector 2 Headquarters of the Joint Task Force, (JTF) codenamed, Operation Pulo Shield.
According to the militant leader, “The killing was led by General Virus and carried out with seven AK 47 guns and Kala gun stolen from the country home of their former leader, known as Young Shall Grow.
“As a surveillance contractor, I had MG3 machine gun and we gathered at Lobia market to launch the attack on the policemen.
“We positioned at the market and waited for the boat convoy of the burial procession for the mother of the ex-militant leader. The Policemen’s boat came to the jetty, but General Virus insisted that the policemen should be killed and we opened fire on them.
“When we came down from the shooting point, we saw that one was injured while others were killed. I pleaded and asked that we save the lives of the ones that were not dead but Virus said Young Shall Grow has offended them many times and the policemen must be executed. He was also the one that ordered that we pour them fuel and burn them.”
A senior officer of the JTF, Colonel Farouk Yahaya, described Fabouwei as the mastermind of the attack, saying “he was arrested on the 6th of June… through sound intelligence gathering efforts.”
He added that: “These JTF operations destabilised the criminals and put them on the run while the deployment of troops in Azuzuama and Loboa made those areas untenable for them.”