Dreaded militant leader sacked Bayelsa monarch for three years — Locals

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Dreaded militant leader and suspected mastermind of the killing of 17 military officers at Okuama, a small Island on the bank of the Forcados River in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, is said to have sacked a Bayelsa monarch for three years, according to the locals.

The suspected mastermind of the bloodbath, a militant leader, and his gang members, are currently on the run.

It was gathered that they seem to have their operational stamping ground at Igbomotoru, a riverside community in the Southern-Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

However, the Nigerian Army, has spread its dragnet for the fleeing suspects, going as far as Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, to pick up three persons, last Tuesday, in connection with the killing of the soldiers.

So far, the demanding search for the killers of the soldiers in the quiet Okuama has spread to the creeks, hideouts, and communities in Delta State, Bayelsa, and Rivers states, and is likely to extend to other states in the Niger-Delta, and outside the region if need be, according to sources.

At Igbomotoru, Sunday Vanguard found that the mastermind was the dreaded militant leader even by the traditional ruler and a retired military officer, HRH Ayibaikie Ofongo, who the gangsters allegedly ran out of the town.

The banished monarch, according to local sources, has been operating from exile for three years running.

One group in the internal leadership crisis rocking the community allegedly invited the militant leader, who pursued the monarch and his followers out of the community, and since then, the state government and security agencies in the state have been unable to restore order.

Ofongo got into trouble with the militant leader because he kicked against his oil bunkering and other criminal activities in the area.

A villager said the militant leader, who dissolved the ruling class in Igbomotoru, is known for oil theft and sabotaging oil facilities, which corroborates the claim of the CDS.

With the command to fish out the killers of the 17 military men, who also went away with their arms and ammunition, and that the search would not end except the killers were fished out, and the weapons recovered, the troops are in a no-joy temperament.

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