Former Militant Leader, Pastor Reuben Wilsons known along the creeks and waterways as General Reuben has described as “wicked blackmail” and ‘misplaced facts” the claims by some sympathizers and relations of detained suspected bomber in the October1, 2012 car bomb attack, Edmund Ebiware, that he was involved in his travail and detention by the federal government.
According to Pastor Reuben, who broke his silence on the matter in a statement issued in Yenagoa and handed to newsmen via email, though he has read many of the frivolous claims made against him on social media by the detained Edmund Ebiware and his followers, the claim is false, wicked and a deliberate attempt to shift blame.
Pastor Reuben Wilson, who is also a peace advocate working with the federal government through the Presidential Amnesty Office, said the decision to speak out and warn those behind the character assassination on social media is for them to prevail on the Edmund Ebiware to tell them the truth about what led to his arrest and not shift blame.
“I decided to keep silence on the matter because the case of his arrest is in court. His followers, who are blinded to facts, should understand that the case is in court and if he is innocent, God will ensure he regain his freedom.
“It is wicked that they should hold another person responsible for what happened. If I was arrested and I know that am innocent, what stops me from gathering the legal proof to gain my freedom? I was involved in his arrest and the blackmail against me cannot ensure his freedom.”
It would be recalled that the detained Edward Ebiware, also known as Don Capelo, was arrested under the administration of Former President Goodluck Jonathan over his alleged involvement in the October 1, 2012 car bombing alongside the Okah brother.
Ebiware was however convicted and sentenced to a life imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole with effect from October 3, 2010. The trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole sentenced Ebiware after he was found guilty on the entire three-count charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Many his supporters and those advocating for his release from prison have described his trial and conviction as “politically motivated” and accused some Bayelsa politicians and Former Niger Delta Militant leaders’ including Pastor Reuben Wilson of being behind his travails.