Deadly militant warlord, Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo, aka Kareowei whose activities led to a major military offensive in communities within Bayelsa and Delta States have been arrested by operatives of the Joint Task Force, codename Operation Delta Safe.
BigPen Online learnt that Kareowei was reportedly arrested by JTF operatives in early hours of Thursday in Ogbobagbene community, country home of former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Goddey Orubebe in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state.
Our source disclosed that Kareowei who have been under pressure to surrender himself at wake of the ongoing manhunt on him within Delta and Bayelsa state riverine communities turned himself in for arrest.
The ODS (Operation Delta Safe), Commander, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, who had deployed troops in the community to intensified search to locate the hideout of the militant leader and his boys in the creeks, confirmed the arrest but declined further comment, saying a statement would be release on the development later.
Kareowei, whose notoriety spread between Bayelsa and Delta state was responsible for the kidnapped and subsequent killing of one of the British missionary, Ian Square in Enekorogha community, Burutu Council area of Delta state last year.
His alleged criminal activities on the Bayelsa and Delta waterways, culminated when he reportedly beheaded a military personnel and made caricature of the ugly incident by sticking the head and dancing it around Toru-Ndoro community, Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state.
The military officer, identified as Naval personnel was in Toru-Ndoro community in a peace mission to Kareowei as was facilitated by ex-militant leader, ‘General’ Bonny Gawei who was later abducted by Kareowei while fleeing the community.
BigPen Online recalls that the development had led to military offensive against Toru-Ndoro community on January 3, by soldiers whom reports say lost four more personnel and had according to the villagers razed about 50 houses with many of the residents deserting their residences for fear of further attacks.
Written by Joe Ogbodu