According to reports, the five men were arrested at a hotel close to the former president's house as they put their plans in motion. Confirming the arrest, Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Asinim Butswat, said;
“On the January 6, 2016, based on a tip-off, detectives from the Anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Vice unit stormed a hotel premises in Swali community, Yenagoa, and arrested five suspects. The suspects are Asupha Emeka, 34, Ebipre Ebebi, 25, Samuel Joe, 27, Okilo Matthew, 25, and Timiere Matthew, 25”
The spokesperson didn't say why the men plotted to attack Jonathan's home but many believe it could be part of a plot to create tension in the state ahead of a supplementary election in southern Ijaw local government.
The spokesperson said the suspects are currently being interrogated.