The Nigerian Navy has arrested a leader of the Niger Delta Avengers strike force responsible for blowing up pipelines, The Punch reports.
The suspect Abraham Suru was arrested on Tuesday September 20, 2016 in the Sapele Area Council of Delta state.
The suspect who hails from Ondo state was paraded before newsmen at the Warri Navy Base on Thursday, by the Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship Delta, Commodore Joseph Dzunve.
Dzunve said, “As part of the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to stop crude oil theft and illegal bunkering activities in the nation’s maritime domain, the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta, being part of the Operation Delta Safe, has arrested a notorious gang leader who has been in this business since 2011.
“He (Abraham Suru aka Gabon) is involved in pipeline vandalism, sea robbery, attacks shipping, illegal bunkering and currently a suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers.”
He added, “The Nigerian Navy remains committed in apprehending those behind all forms of criminal activities in the Nigerian Maritime Domain. Let me assure the general public that the Navy component of ODS is resolute in curbing criminal activities in the nation maritime environment.”
The suspect confessed to being a militant and to blowing up oil pipelines but said he was not a member of the Niger Delta Avengers.
Suru said, “General Kaphapolo told me that their youths are not being recognised by oil companies in the area; and that is why we were attacking facilities.
“But after General Kaphapolo died in motor accident, I was contacted by one General Tony Felix to join their team because they know I am capable of blowing up oil facilities. I am not a member of Niger Delta Avengers.”