It was confirmed by the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe (ODS), on Friday that a militant
leader in its custody, Oyawerikumor Peregbabofa, popularly known in the creeks of the Niger Delta as
Karaowei, was later killed in an ambush at Bolu Ndoro forest in Bayelsa State.
The militant warlord who masterminded the kidnapping and murder of a British missionary, 56-year-old
Ian Squire in Enekorogha, Delta state was arrested at the early hours of Thursday in Ogbobagbene.
It was gathered that gang members of the militant warlord ambushed the JTF operatives after his arrest
and exchanged of gunfire which let the arrested gang leader to make an attempt to escape, he was shot
and instantly killed by operatives of “Operation Delta Safe.”
JTF claimed that Karowei who was arrested confessed to several criminal acts and led troops to his camp
to recover the cache of arms and ammunition in his possession as well as to persuade other members of his gang to surrender.
Karowei and his gang were also responsible for several abductions/kidnappings, robberies and raping of
innocent women in the region including unprovoked attacks on military locations in Delta and Bayelsa States.
Also on 7th January, 2018, Karowei and his gang attacked own troops at Bolu Ndoro forest which led to
the death of four (4) Military OPDS personnel.
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