The Nigerian Navy on Saturday, August 13, 2016, paraded two suspects believed to be members of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, arrested by officers of the Nigerian Navy Ship in Delta State.
While parading the suspects at the Warri Naval Base, Warri, Commander, NNS Delta, Commodore Joseph Dzunve, said the suspects were behind series of attacks on oil and gas facilities, especially in Warri South-West Council Area of the state.
Punch reports that Commodore Dzunve disclosed that the suspects were behind the attacks on Chevron Nigerian Limited facilities between May and July 2016.
The suspects, identified as Stanley Toghan and Felix Miyenminiye, were arrested in Sapele area of the state.
“You are all aware of the recent series of attack on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta and in particular Delta State, which some groups/persons have claimed responsibilities,” the naval chief said.
“I am pleased to inform you that after persistent efforts, the Nigerian Navy Ship, Delta, being part of the maritime component of the Operation Delta Safe, has arrested two suspects responsible for the attack on Chevron facilities, witnessed between May and July 2016, around Warri North axis of Delta state.”
Dzunve told journalists that the suspects had provided useful information that would help to tackle criminal activities in the region.
He added, “It is important to mention that the suspects are also deeply involved in pipeline vandalism and sea robbery along the waterways in Warri-North axis. The suspects have provided useful information and the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies remain committed to apprehending those behind all forms of criminal activities in the Nigerian maritime domain.”