The militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), Sunday, successfully blew up two major oil wells belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited. Destroyed by the Avengers are Wells 7 and 8, near Abiteye, Delta State. This was a sequel to Saturday's attack on two Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC )major crude trunk lines near Batan Flow station in Delta State. The attack took place at 11:26 pm. That attack was preceded by Friday's blowing up of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Crude Oil Trunk Line to Warri Refinery.
In a related development, the NDA described as laughable the claim of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) that it arrested two of its members. The NDA was responding to the last Friday's claim by the DSS that it arrested Messrs Christian Oluba (Alias Sensor) and Selky Kile Torughedi, who it described as NDA members.
The DSS made the claim in a widely published statement signed by Tony Opuiyo.
Responding through a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinigbo, the NDA said the suspects arrested were agents the DSS hired to infiltrate the group and pass on information about its activities to the DSS. The NDA alleged that the suspects were arrested because they demanded to be paid for the services rendered to the DSS.
Responding via a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinigbo, the NDA said the suspects arrested were agents the DSS hired to infiltrate the group and pass on information about its activities to the DSS. The NDA alleged that the suspects were arrested because they demanded to be paid for the services rendered to the DSS.
"The boys have the right to demand their money from DSS. Why not pay them instead of arresting and labeling them as Niger Delta Avengers members?" the group queried.
It challenged the DSS to allow the suspects to speak to the press if the directorate was sure of its claims.
"We (Niger Delta Avengers) don’t 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 can’t win the Niger Delta war by feeding their President with false information about the situation of things in the Region.
"It’s all-good because, as it seems, the DSS now has an internal crisis with most of their sleeper agents and it a sign that God is on our side," the statement said.
The NDA also advised the DSS Director-General, Lawal Daura, to always tell the truth.
"...In this the holy month of Ramadan and as a Muslim, you owe it to Allah and the Nigeria people to say the truth. Why not come out with the truth," it challenged Daura. A similar challenge was also thrown at the media which, said the NDA, went to town with the DSS version of events without seeking the other side of the story by interviewing the suspects. The NDA boasted that the Nigerian Army would never break it's ranks using agents.
The group added that the Niger Delta region has numerous challenges such as environmental degradation, lack of infrastructure and the issue of self-determination. These, it argued, should be the focal points of the government.