The Department of State Services (DSS), at the weekend said it had arrested Jones Abiri aka General Akotebe Darikoro, leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) who it accuses of being behind the fake story that there is a plot in military circles to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.
Darikoro was arrested on July 21, 2016 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, said DSS spokesperson, Tony Opuiyo.
He was alleged to have sent fake threat messages to the managements of NAOC and SPDC demanding for the payment of the sum of N500 million and N200 million respectively. He also threatened to launch missile attacks against selected targets including the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
The militant group led by him, JNDLF, has been pursuing a separatist agenda in connivance with other gangs in the Niger Delta region. The DSS said that Darikoro, who operates under the nom-de-guerre “General- Kill and Bury,” had confessed and owned up to some criminal activities committed by the JNDLF, which was accused of vandalizing the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw LGA and bombing of oil pipeline belonging to Shell Development Company (SPDC) at Brass creek in Bayelsa State on July 8, 2016.
The DSS said it also arrested one Chukwunyere Austin Okwaa who has been issuing death threats against the former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Ibim Semenitari.