development, the Army
has arrested 10 suspected
members of the resurgent
militant group, Niger Delta
Avengers, NDA, which had
claimed responsibility for
the destruction of oil and gas
installations in the region.
The Commander of the
4th Brigade, Brigadier-
General Farouk Yahaya,
who paraded the suspects
yesterday in Benin, the
Edo State capital, disclosed
that several items were
recovered from the arrested
The arrest was said to
have happened around 1:40
on Saturday morning, in
Oporaza, the headquarters
of Gbaramatu kingdom in
Warri South-West Local
Government Area of Delta
State, following a cordon and
search operation conducted
in the community.
Yahaya noted that there
had been several cases
of sabotage by suspected
militants and vandals in
Delta State since the start
of the year, acknowledging
also that there have been
warnings and threats “to
shut down all operations” in
the Niger Delta.
He gave the items
recovered from the suspects
to include 28 detonator cords
(also known Detonator 33),
one pistol, two empty pistol
magazines, 196 rounds of
7.62 special ammunition,
one round of nine-millimetre
ammunition, a live
cartridge and five daggers.
Also recovered were 15
handheld radio sets, 18
phones, 203 SIM cards
of three major network
providers, five swimsuits,
two headlamps, a laptop, two ipads and a camera.
Others are seven wraps of
substances suspected to be
Indian hemp, five speedboat
throttle cables, six pairs of
hand gloves , N23, 000 cash
and a cheque book.
The commander explained
that while the true identity
of the suspects would
be unravelled through
investigations, recent
explosions carried out by
the NDA suggested that the
arrested suspects may be
connected to the group.
“Within the period under
review, you can see that the
Niger Delta Avengers have
claimed virtually all acts of
criminal activities against oil
and gas and they continue
threatening a shutdown of
the whole sector. So, most
likely, they (suspects) will be
the people, who else would
they be?” Yahaya asked

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