A statement by the Nigerian Navy (NN) has announced the arrest of a suspected member of the Niger Delta Avengers believed to be a major logistics supplier to the group which had taken responsibility for many on oil facilities in the region including recent attacks on NNPC and Chevron pipelines.
The statement signed by Commodore Christian Ezekobe, the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, revealed that the suspect was picked up on July 11 at about 11 a.m.
The director said:
“The arrest was made following a confessional statement obtained from an earlier arrested suspect who gave details of the involvement of other collaborators in the attacks.
“Preliminary investigations also revealed that the suspect recently supplied 10 batteries, five large coils of wire and other materials purportedly used for the attacks”.
The Nigerian Navy re-echoed their commitment to continue partnering with sister security agencies and members of the public to wipe out every form of economic sabotage such as vandalisation of pipelines and piracy.
Meanwhile, a bishop of a new generation church in Warri, Delta State, was quizzed by the state police detectives over reported sponsoring of the Niger Delta Avengers.
According to reports by Punch, the bishop (name withheld), hails from Ogbinbiri community of Egbema (Ijaw) Kingdom in the Warri North council area of the state and is the presiding bishop of the New Salvation Zion Church of Christ at Igbodu area of the city.
The police insiders told reporters that the church leader was summoned for questioning after two petitions were written against him alleging that he was a sponsor of the Avengers.
The prominent man of God was quizzed from 8am to about 8pm last week July 13, at the Warri area command of the Delta state police command before he was permitted to go with a directive to report the following day for further interrogation.
A close relative of the suspect who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed the development.
The petitions also supposed that the cleric was harbouring arms both in his house and church and as a result, the police searchd the Ijaw residence of the bishop at Bendel Estate in Effurun, Uvwie council area of the state, and also his church building in Igbodu area of Warri. However, nothing incriminating was found in both places.