The Rivers State Police Command has declared one Solomon Ndigabara, a native of Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government area of Rivers State, wanted.
Police said that Solomon who is also known as Osama Bin Laden is wanted for the alleged arson he planned and executed on February 22, 2016 on a property worth millions of naira in Bori, Khana Local Government area of Rivers state.
The property in question was a campaign office of senator Magnus Abe who is contesting the Rivers south east senatorial seat in the yet to be rescheduled election in some parts of the state after it was postponed by the independent national electoral commission, INEC due to alleged violence and other irregularities on March 19.
Police described Solomon as dark in complexion, about 5.9 inches tall and in his early fifties of age. His last known address is Yeghe community of Gokana Local Government, Rivers State.
“Any person or group of persons with useful and actionable information as to the whereabouts of the wanted person should report to the nearest police station”, Police said in a statement signed by Ahmad Mohammad, the Command public relations officer.
It will be recalled that Solomon has allegedly been dragged into the center of the recent crisis in Ogoni which led to the deployment of soldiers to the area. But several indigenes of Ogoni have argued that the ex-militant General has always sued for peace in the entire Ogoni and therefore would see no reason why he should be singled out for “persecution”.
Solomon’s counsel, Barrister Eugene Odey had on Monday told the House of Representatives Committee on Army that visited the state on a fact-finding mission over the crisis in Yeghe Community, that if the federal government and the Nigerian Army or any other security agencies would guarantee his client’s safety, then he would come out from his hiding to testify before the Committee.
Odey noted that as far as the amnesty granted by the former administration to all ex-militants in the Niger Delta still subsists, then his client enjoys that same privilege and so “no one can tamper with his fundamental rights”.
Before now, the Nigerian Army had also declared Solomon wanted on what it said was gun running, kidnapping and killing of innocent people in Ogoni. This accusation, perhaps, led to the demolition of his house at Yeghe, apparently to search for exhibits.