The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed the arrest of suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group who were allegedly responsible for the attacks on Chevron oil pipelines.
The latest arrest of the suspects was made on Sunday, May 15 was confirmed by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, who had severally vowed to apprehend the perpetrators.
A crude oil pipeline belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited was on Friday blown up by suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militants group at Makaraba community, Gbaramatu clan, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State.
Although, the group did not take responsibility for the bombing, they were the major suspects as they had previously taken responsibility for the bombing of a Chevron Valve Platform in Abiteye, Warri North council of the state the week before.
The group had also warned that no repairs should be carried on the demaged Valve Platform, threatening it would attack the headquarters of CNL in Lagos and tank farm if Chevron dared plan a repair works on the Valve Platform earlier destroyed by the group.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects during the press briefing, Abubakar, also assured that the military would continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property. He also urged community and traditional rulers and patriotic citizens to cooperate with with them in their efforts to get rid of criminals in the country.
It was also gathered that due to the spate of attacks on its facilities, Chevron Nigeria Limited had at the weekend commenced the evacuation of staff from its installations in the western Niger Delta, including the Escravos Export Terminal.