Department of State Services, DSS, claims it has arrested one Jones Abari, aka Gen. Akotebe Darikoro, the mastermind of the alleged phantom plan to forcefully overthrow President Muhammad Buhari.
A statement issued by an official of the service, Mr Tony Opuiyo, in Abuja on Saturday said Abari was arrested in Yenagoa on July 21.
Opuiyo described the suspect as the leader of the Joint Revolutionary Council of the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, a group that had threatened to deploy six missiles to destroy strategic locations across the country.
The statement disclosed that Abari had confessed to the hoax coup as well as other criminal activities which included a threat to launch missile attacks on selected targets in Abuja and Aso Rock.
Others include writing threat messages to the management of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, and the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, demanding for N500 million and N250 million respectively.
He said that the suspect also masterminded the vandalism of NAOC trunk line in Ogboinbiri, Southern Ijaw and bombing of SPDC oil pipeline.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that 8in May, some group in the Niger Delta had threatened mayhem and demanded the liberation of the Niger Delta region, release of Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the detained former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki and other political detainees.
The group later claimed it opted against the missiles launch following appeals from highly placed persons and the international community.
In another development, the DSS said it had arrested a suspected terrorist, Bulama Ramat, at the Jabi Motor Park, FCT on July 21.
He said that prior to his arrest, Ramat was planning to attack the Federal Capital Territory and its environs in collaboration with other elements of an extremist cell of the Boko Haram group.
Opuiyo said that the service also made other arrests within the month of July in Enugu, Ondo, Jos, Kaduna, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt and Kano states.
The service urged all citizens and residents to remain vigilant and report all suspicious persons, parcels or vehicles to the nearest security formation.
“Members of the public are further called upon to see our societal and individual safety as our collective responsibility,” he said.
He advised the public to support security and law enforcement agencies with critical information that would assist in providing a safe environment for all to carry out their legitimate businesses.
Additional reports from the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.