The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed the arrest of suspected members of the resurgent militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who were allegedly responsible for the attacks on oil pipelines.
The latest arrest, which is the first since the new group emerged, was disclosed on Sunday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, who has in several instances vowed to apprehend the perpetrators.
“This is to confirm the arrest of some suspected members of Niger Delta Avengers. Investigation is currently on going,” Abubakar said .
He assured that the “military will continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property”.
He noted that the military actions is in line with our rule of engagement, adding that the arrested suspects are behind the recent attacks at the Chevron oil facilities.
The Defence Spokesman also urged the “community and traditional rulers and patriotic citizens to cooperate with us in our efforts to get rid of criminals in our great country”.
Abubakar had in a previous statement vowed that the militants will be treated as criminals and that the security forces will leave no stone unturned to apprehend the perpetrators.