2 July 2016
The Department of State Security (DSS) says it has arrested some suspected Niger Delta Avengers militants.
It said in a statement that it arrested one Selky Torughedi believed to be a close associate of former Niger Delta warlord, High Chief Government Ekpemopolo alias Tompolo.
It said Torughedi was arrested while planning to assassinate a Kaduna-based serving military officer, M. B. Yahaya,
“Torughedi, who is a close associate of Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), had already conducted surveillance at the residence of Yahaya in Kaduna, preparatory to his plot when he was intercepted.
“He is also fingered as a sponsor of pipeline vandalism in some states in the south-south region. Suspect is currently assisting the service, with critical leads,’’ it said.
The DSS that it also arrested one Christian Oluba, aka Sensor, another suspected Niger Delta Avengers militant.
“Sensor was arrested while perfecting plans to carry out explosive attacks on critical oil and gas pipelines, including critical storage points,” the statement said.
The Niger Delta Avengers is the militant group responsible for recent attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta.