Three suspected militants arrested in Akwa Ibom as ultimatum expires
Three suspected militants have been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police command in their hotel rooms in Eket.
Parading them at the police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Cornelia Nwawe, said they were arrested based on intelligent reports while planning to vandalize pipelines in the state.
The suspects are Nelson Semiyafe, from Bayelsa State, Nseobong Dickson and Victor E. Williams from Eket and Etinan council areas of the state respectively.
According to the PPRO, the three were arrested in possession of
Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs).
“The command has been able to find two high-powered IEDs bombs measured at 60\80.55 times 44\55cm respectively. One long single high powered propel launcher measured at 78\4.55, capable of destroying from any point and height, oil pipeline facilities”, she said.
It would be recalled that, a militant group known as Oyobio-Oyobio had given the oil giant operating in the state, Mobil Producing Nigeria; a seven-day ultimatum which expired yesterday (Friday), to relocate its headquarters from Lagos to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital or face dire consequences.
The ultimatum which was contained in a release signed by one of its officials ‘General’ Obuma Oyobio and made available to newsmen in Ibeno council area where Mobil has its operational base.