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Niger Delta Soldiers arrest leader of militant group

Gabriel Ogbudje, one of the leaders of the “Otugas Fire Force”, was arrested along with an accomplice, Elvis Dweller Ejus in Edo State.

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Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have arrest a leading Niger Delta militant as part of operation “Exercise Crocodile Smile”.

Gabriel Ogbudje, one of the leaders of the “Otugas Fire Force”, was arrested along with an accomplice, Elvis Dweller Ejus in Edo State.

This was disclosed via a statement released by army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

The statement reads:

“Troops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected national economy saboteur, Gabriel Ogbudje (an ex-militant leader), also the alleged leader of the “Otugas Fire Force’’, a militant group threatening to attack Utorogu Gas Plant.”

“He was alleged to be responsible for the recent act of economic sabotage perpetrated on NPDC/Shoreline major delivery trunk line within Ogo-Oteri general area on the 26th of August.

“The suspect has been on the run since he was declared wanted because of his public declaration as the leader of the militant group “Otugas Fire Force” and his subsequent declaration of the threat code named ‘Crocodile Tear’.”

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The Nigerian military had earlier warned Niger Delta militants to desist from criminality or face its wrath.

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