DSS activities to nab the members yielded results in the arrest of Selky Torughedi and Christian Oluba aka Sensor in June 2016.
The DSS recently arrested an associate of wanted ex-militant, Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo and other suspected militants, TheCable reports.
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It was further reported that following the militants' recent attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta, DSS activities to nab the members yielded results in the arrest of Selky Torughedi and Christian Oluba aka Sensor in June 2016.
“In a bid to stem the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta, this service effected the arrest of Selky Kile Torughedi, on 17 June, 2016, in Calabar, Cross River state,” the statement issued by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of DSS said
Continuing, the statement reads, “Torughedi is an ex-militant and suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and was arrested for planning to assassinate one MB Yahaya, a serving military officer.
“Torughedi, who is a close associate of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), had already conducted surveillance at the residence of Yahaya in Kaduna, preparatory to his plot when he was intercepted. He is also fingered as a sponsor of pipeline vandalism in some states in the south-south region. Suspect is currently assisting the service, with critical leads.
“Christian Oluba aka Sensor is also a suspected member of the militant group and was arrested while perfecting plans to carry out explosive attacks on critical oil and gas pipelines, including critical storage points,” Opuiyo said.
The Niger Delta Avengers are the militant group responsible for recent attacks on oil installations in Nigeria in recent time.