The Department of State Security Service, (DSS), on Tuesday morning, arrested an ex-militant leader, Sobomabo Jackrich aka Egberipapa, in an Abuja Hotel, for a planned assassination plot of President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark and some unnamed top government functionaries.
Our correspondent gathered that officers of the DSS, acting on intelligence report arrested Egberipapa, who according to a source was masquerading under a false name at the time of the arrest, after months of nationwide manhunt.
Sources said that the suspect, who is a key ally of jailed factional leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Nigeria Delta (MEND), secretly entered Abuja last weekend evading the watchful eyes of security operatives.
The plot hatched by the ex-militant leader was to kill President Jonathan, Senate President in Abuja at a public function before the end of the Jonathan’s government on May 29.
“We have the ex-militant leader in our custody,” a top DSS operative said?.
Okah, who is presently serving jail term in a South African prison, was also accused of plotting the assassination of President Jonathan?.
Our correspondent’s investigations revealed that the DSS operatives uncovered the assassination plot via intelligence gathering and have been trailing the suspect in the last few months before he was eventually picked on Tuesday in Abuja.
Investigations revealed that the DSS has also arrested several other individuals in different parts of the country in connection to the assassination plot.
It was gathered that attempts by several influential Niger Delta leaders to intervene in the case have been rebuffed by the security agency.
It could however not be confirmed when the suspects would be taken to court for the crime.