Monday, 16 May 2016
Nigerian Military confirm arrest of Niger Delta Avengers Militants
Several members of a militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers, have been arrested by the Nigerian army.
“This is to confirm the arrest of some suspected members of Niger Delta Avengers. Investigation is currently on going,” Director of Defence Information, Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar said in a statement.
The arrested militants are said to have carried out recent attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta area of the country.
The “military will continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property” Abubakar added.
The militant group have claimed responsibility for several bombings of oil facilities in the country. Chevron recently evacuated some of its workers due to the bombings. Exxon mobil also declared force-majeure on the Excavos pipeline as a result of the attacks.
The attacks have caused Nigeria's oil production output to hit a 22-year low of 1.6 million barrels per day.