The Nigerian Navy has arrested a suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in Delta State.
The suspect, identified as Abraham Suru, is said to be a leader of the NDA’s strike force.
Details of the arrest were disclosed by the Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship in the state, Commodore Joseph Dzunve.
“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 had been in this business since 2011,” he said according to Punch.
“He (Abraham Suru aka Gabon) is involved in pipeline vandalism, sea robbery, illegal bunkering and currently a suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers.
“The Nigerian Navy remains committed to 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,” he added.
The suspect is said to have confessed to being a militant, but denied being a member of the NDA.