Asaba - The Nigerian army on Sunday said it arrested 10 suspected militants and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region.
According to Premium Times, The Commander, 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Benin City, Farouk Yahaya, said the suspects were arrested during a cordon and search exercise conducted in Oporozoa community and its environs in Delta State.
Residents of the area had decried the invasion of the community since Saturday and raised alarm over alleged intimidation of innocent residents.
A resident, who simply identified himself as Raphael, said the suspects arrested were innocent people who could not run away fast enough. He said the soldiers arrested them and labelled them members of the Niger Delta Avengers.
However, Yahaya, a Brigadier General, said the arrested suspects may have links with the Niger Delta Avengers. He said guns, ammunition and other equipment were recovered from them.
Punch reported the arrests as efforts by the Federal Government to check the spate of renewed attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta region
The Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks.
- News24 Nigeria