The dreaded militant leader, who hails from Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state, surrendered himself to men of the military operation at Ogbobagbene, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state, on Thursday morning.
The notorious militant leader of the Toru-Ndoro community was alleged to have beheaded a naval officer, who was at the local government for a peace mission last December.
It would be recalled that soldiers have reportedly staged a reprisal attack on the Toru-Ndoro area on January 3, and according to the villagers, about 50 houses were set ablaze, with many of the residents deserting their residences for fear of further attacks.
The ODS (Operation Delta Safe), Commander, Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi, who confirmed the story had deployed troops in the community to intensify search to locate the hideout of the militant leader and his boys in the creeks.
Kareowei, whose notoriety spread between Bayelsa and Delta state, was responsible for the kidnap 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, came to a head 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 a 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.
It would be recalled 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 in fear.