Seven years after the arrest of some suspects in connection with the murder of Soboma George, a Niger Delta militant and a popular figure within the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, the police have again arrested a suspect, 42-year-old Anthony Pepple, who made startling revelations about the murder.
Pepple, a native of Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State who claimed to have been a safety officer with Nigeria Agip Company and Health and Environment Supervisor with Saipem at some point, was nabbed over the 2015 kidnap of the embattled former Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Prof. Rosemund Green-Osahogulu.
But investigation later connected him to Soboma’s murder, which he explained that he planned as a result of his uncle’s murder and a N60m, which the militants swindled his ‘boys’ over.
During the arrest of the suspects accused of killing Soboma in 2010, they had alleged that they killed him because they could not carry out his order to assassinate the then Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, but Pepple said that was just a confession he coached them to tell the police.
Pepple said they contacted a spiritualist who made the militant weak and easy for them to trap and kill.
According to him, the spiritualist did many rituals because Soboma was very powerful and he had some forces guarding him.
He explained that at the right time, the spiritualist gave them the go-ahead.
Soboma was later gunned down along with his girlfriend after a football match he participated in.