Soldiers of the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta region have arrested ex-militant commander, Mr Seiyefa Gbereke popularly known as ‘General Cairo’.
Gbereke is the prime suspect behind the bombing of pipelines and vandalization in the region.
Seiyifa Gbereke was arrested in Yenagoa after the task force intelligence team tricked him out of his hideout in Warri.
The JTF Media Coordinator, Lt.Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who paraded Gbereke before journalists at the JTF Headquarters in Yenagoa on Friday said the ex-militant had been on the task force wanted list for about four months before he was finally arrested in the Bayelsa State capital.
Nwachukwu told newsmen that the suspect had confessed that he vandalised numerous pipeline in Delta and Bayelsa.
“The suspect is vicious and notorious in the act of pipeline bombings and vandalism and had been on our radar over the past three months,” Nwachukwu said.
According to him, Gbereke confessed during interrogation by JTF Commander, Maj.-Gen Johnson Ochoga, to the bombing of Agip Manifold and trunk lines at Azagbene and Biseni communities in Bayelsa.
Nwachukwu said he also confessed to the destruction of two oil wells that caused pollution of waters in Berisindi, adding that Gbereke made his confessions “willingly and voluntarily”.
He said the suspect also admitted leading his eight-man gang to carry out other pipeline attacks in the creeks of Warri and the destruction of Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC) pipeline at Tuomo.
The JTF spokesman said that Gbereke, 25, hailed from Bolou Orua community in the Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
He said that the suspect had being hiding in Bonny Island in Rivers and Warri in Delta.
“We have been hunting him and his gang; so only yesterday (Thursday) our intelligence operatives tracked him down at Warri in Delta and lured him out of his hideout down to the JTF headquarters here in Yenagoa.”
Gbereke,who claimed leadership of the Movement for the Survival of Niger Delta Disarmed Youths, said he was an ex-militant before the amnesty proclamation and had led a 7,000-man army.
He claimed he carried out pipeline bombings to draw government’s attention to the plight of his group.