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Army Parades 10 Suspected Members of Niger Delta Avengers



Niger-Delta-Avengers-suspectsThe Nigerian Army has arrested 10 suspected members of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers. It said that the suspects were arrested at about 1:40 AM on Saturday in Oporaza community, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The Commander of the 4 Brigade, Brigadier-General Farouk Yahaya paraded the suspects on Sunday in Benin, the Edo State capital.

According to PUNCH, items recovered from the suspects include 28 detonator cords (also known Detonator 33), one pistol, two pistols, 196 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, one round of nine-millimetre ammunition, a live cartridge, five daggers, 15 handheld radio sets, 18 phones, 203 SIM cards belonging to three major network providers, five swimsuits, two headlamps, a laptop, two ipads and a camera.

Others were seven wraps of substances suspected to be Indian hemp, five speedboat throttle cables, six pairs of hand gloves, the sum of N23,000 cash and a cheque book.

According to Yahaya, “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?”

On the speculation that the militants might have adopted the use of charms to evade arrest, Yahaya said:

Whatever a person wants to use, he can use it. But I know that God is always on the side of the truth.

We are not worried by voodoo. It did not stop the suspects from being arrested and others that have been arrested before now.

Operations that led to these arrests and recoveries were conducted professionally, guided by our mandate, operation orders, code of conduct and rules of engagement. Our operations are strictly targeted against perpetrators of all criminal acts in our area of responsibility and not innocent citizens.

Yahaya also called on the public to provide the Army with relevant information on militant groups to assist it to combat criminal elements in the interest of the country, noting that the suspects would be handed over to prosecuting security agencies at the end of preliminary investigation


  1. Luqman

    May 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    There are so many ways people can lend their voices rather than going to the creek and vandalizing government properties. Ken Sarowiwa of blessed memory fought on behalf of his people and the international communities supported his struggle, unlike Alhaji Asari that made money from the creek and invested the same money in Ghana. Whereas, they would be shouting marginalization. You have people from the upper and lower houses representing the same zone, how many times have they raised or passed any bills supporting the interest of the masses? they are just there with their own selfish interest. The governor is also receiving highest allocations, what is his contribution to the environment? if the money is not enough to cater for his people, why can’t the governor summoned all the chiefs from each local govt and dialogue with the multinational companies to fix their messes, they can’t just be making money without providing the enabling environment for the dwellers. Niger-Deltans don’t ask for too much, these people just want the basic amenities in order to live a fulfilling life.
    On a more serious note, I don’t take these people seriously cos when GEJ was there for 5yrs, instead of mounting pressure on him to build infrastructures, they focused all pipeline contracts that won’t enrich their people. If your own blood that knows in and out of Niger delta could not do anything, how do you expect outsiders to find solutions to all your predicaments? The militants going to the creeks is not the solution. If only Sarowiwa could shake the military rulers and his voice was held all over the world, where are the brave and articulate Niger Deltans?

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      May 30, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      “Ken Sarowiwa of blessed memory fought on behalf of his people and the international communities supported his struggle”

      And then he got hung by the Nigerian Federal Military Government after a Kangaroo trial. And when he was hung and killed …. Nigerians far and wide kept quiet and acted like it did not happen.

      Source: “They were hanged on November 10, 1995 by the Abacha regime for what many believe was largely because of Mr. Saro-Wiwa’s strong stance in pursuit of the rights of the Ogoni people.”

    • Luqman

      May 31, 2016 at 11:34 am

      I don’t need to read any references to know that he was hanged by Abacha and we were punished for it by the commonwealth, UN, and we even withdrew from the African Nation’s cup that we supposed to defend in South Africa 96, and most of the international airlines left Nigerian shore.
      What I was trying to say is that it is not everything in life that can be settled by carrying ammunitions, we are not practising totalitarianism, we’re now in a democracy that we can bring matters to the table for deliberations. Mind you, whenever there is a conflict, it is the innocent masses that will suffer most.

    • Abonnema babe

      May 30, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Wish I could like your comment a millions times…bravo ??

  2. Luqman

    May 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    on Pipeline contracts
    was heard

  3. Bonny

    May 31, 2016 at 7:00 am

    God bless you Luqman! You are absolutely correct. I have no idea what’s wrong with these people. I live in the region and I keep wondering how incredibly simple minded a people can be. If an organization wants to undertake a developmental project in the host community, the chiefs and youth leaders will insist an indigenous contractor should handle the job. When the money comes, the supposed contractor does a pathetically shoddy job or nothing is done at all and the money is just shared amongst the leaders of thought. The successfully completed projects are those handled by the company directly.
    Certain jobs slots are the exclusive preserve of the members of the host community. They would rather sell these job opportunities to people from other places and look forward to collecting all sorts of ridiculous taxes levied against the outsiders who have come to honestly eke out a living in their community. Their chiefs are all very wealthy and own homes in the major cities of Nigeria and abroad. Their children live and study overseas but the people will not challenge these people that are supposed to represent them, they would rather protest and generally be a nuisance to the operations of the organizations, making all sorts of outrageous demands even when they apparently have no idea what they want.
    The Niger Delta states get 13% derivation, NDDC is also there but not much is done with all these funds.
    There is a beautiful beach in my location with huge tourist potentials just at the end of the Atlantic. This beach is so littered with debris you can’t even remove your footwear to enjoy the sand. If it were in the East or West, someone or a group of persons would have acquired it and set up a resort that would create employment and generate revenue. No one here is thinking of such venture. There are no decent hotels or restaurants here, yet some major oil and gas companies have a heavy presence in the community. If an outsider makes an effort to set up something, they will stifle the business with every manner of outrageous levies.
    The local people of the region are pathetically lazy and clueless. If the Nigerian Government will seriously focus on other sectors of the economy and other regions that have oil, they will eventually realize that they don’t have much going for them. Some of the educated and enlightened ones among them can be delightful, but the uneducated………….oh my days!

    • Luqman

      May 31, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Thanks for the enlightenment!

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