The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has announced the apprehension of suspected members of the resurgent militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who were allegedly responsible for the recent attacks at the Chevron oil facilities.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, made the disclosure known on Sunday, following his umpteen vows to apprehend the perpetrators.
He said: “This is to confirm the arrest of some suspected members of Niger Delta Avengers. Investigation is currently on going.”
Abubakar also assured that the “military will continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property”.
The Brigadier General mentioned that the arrested suspects were behind the recent attacks at the Chevron oil facilities.
The latest arrest, which is the first since the new group emerged, followed recent attacks on oil facilities that have hit production, in the country.
Also speaking on Monday in corroboration, a military source told AFP that “we made some arrests over the weekend. They were picked up around scenes of recent attacks in the Niger delta,”
“It will be pre-emptive at this stage to conclude that the suspects are the militants that bombed the oil pipelines and installations until after investigation,” the source added.
The group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), have claimed responsibility for recent attacks on an offshore facility operated by US energy group Chevron and the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.
The NDA has expressed its clamour for a sovereign state of Niger Delta.