June 7, 2013 – 20:40
A surveillance contractor in the Niger Delta is disputing the “high intelligence work” of the security officers who placed him under arrest for the April murder of 11 police officers.
Jackson Fabouwei, detained by the JTF, said he was forced to accompany a murderous gang against his wishes. He also named the gang leader who, he said, is still active in Port Harcourt.
Speaking to journalists, the suspect said: “My name is Jackson Fabouwei, but known as Junior Boro. I participated in the shooting of the policemen, but I’m not a member of the gang.
“I am a surveillance contractor in the creek. The leader of the gang is General Virus. He is hiding in Port Harcourt.
“I only participated by accident because I was with them, and there was nothing I could do to stop the boys.
“Virus said the policemen should be killed because he is angry with General Young Shall Grow”, Fabouwei said.
‘General Young Shall Grow’, whose real name is Kile Torugbedi, is an ex-militant. He is currently an aide of Gov. Dickson in charge of maritime security.
But Virus, one of his loyalists during the militancy era, complained that they were betrayed and abandoned. This led to the ambush and killing of the policemen who were on escort duty to Azuzuama community for the burial of Torugbedi’s mother.
Col. Farouk Yahaya, who represented JTF Commander, Gen. Bata Debiro, defended his “high intelligence work”.
“The suspect before you is Jackson Fabouwei, alias Jasper Junior,” he told newsmen in Yenagoa on Friday.
“He is the mastermind of the dastardly act of April 5, 2013 when 11 policemen were killed in Azuzuama.
“He was arrested on June 6 around Ikibiri, near Azuzuama community in Southern Ijaw LGA through high intelligence gathering by the JTF and other security agencies.
“Our operation led to the arrest of some suspects, destruction of criminal hideouts and recovery of some arms and ammunition in the creeks.’’
He said the suspect would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution, adding that the military was still on the trail of fleeing members of the gang