THE Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, yesterday, denied that two suspects, Christian Oluba, alias Sensor, and Selky Kile Torughedi, arrested by the Department of Security Service, DSS, in connection with foiled attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta, were its members.
In addition, fugitive ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, allegedly identified by Torughedi, according to the DSS, as the person that sent him to kill a serving army officer, Major M.B Yahaya, said the claim was a farce.
The DSS, had, last Friday, said it arrested Torughedi, described as a close associate of Tompolo in Calabar, Cross River State, after he had carried out reconnaissance on the home of Yahaya in Kaduna, while Sensor was seized as he was allegedly perfecting plans to carry out attacks on oil and gas pipelines, including storage points.
The security agency said both suspects were members of the NDA and that it foiled fresh plans by militants to attack oil pipelines in the region by arresting the masterminds.
Avengers, in a statement, by its spokesperson, self-styled Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, said:
“Reports that two suspects, Mr Christian Oluba, alias Sensor, and Selky Kile Torughedi, arrested by DSS, are alleged members of Niger Delta Avengers is laughable. The fact is that they are sleeper agents of the DSS sent after the Niger Delta Avengers.
“The boys has (sic) the right to demand for their money from DSS. Why not pay them instead of arresting and labeling them as Niger Delta Avengers members.
“If DSS is denying this, let them allow the suspects to speak to the press. We (Niger Delta Avengers) do not have any connection with these boys. We dare the DSS to allow the boys to tell the world their side of the story.
“DSS and Nigeria Army cannot win the Niger Delta war by feeding the President with false information about the situation of things in the region. It is all-good because, as it seems, the DSS is now having internal crisis with most of their sleeper agents and it is a sign that God is on our side.”
Crux of the matter
The group went on: “There are problem (sic) in the Niger Delta region such as underdevelopment, environmental degradation, lack of infrastructure and the issue of self-determination. These are the areas Mr. President should focus on, not arresting their allies and linking them to Niger Delta Avengers.
“This is to DSS Director Lawal Daura: This is the holy month of Ramadan and, as a Muslim, you hold it to Allah and the Nigeria people to say the truth. Why not come out with the truth?
“To the Nigeria press, there is always two sides to a story. Why not try to get the other side of the story by interviewing the boys?
“The Nigeria Army will never get us (Niger Delta Avengers). Let them go and settle with their sleeper agents and stop deceiving the general public and their President