The Niger Delta Avengers has refuted Nigerian Army claims that it has arrested 10 members of the militant group and also said that fifty soldiers drowned while on a hunt for the militants.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, May 31, 2015, the group accused the chief of army staff, General Tukur Buratai of lying to President Muhammadu Buhari over the army’s “successes” in the Niger Delta.
The group says that the 10 young men arrested and paraded by the Nigerian Army over the weekend are innocent people who have nothing to do with the guerrilla group operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria. The group says none of its “strike teams” have been arrested and the whole story is army propaganda.
The commander of 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Farouk Yahaya, who paraded the suspected militants on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the brigade headquarters in Benin, Edo state, said they were arrested at about 1:40am on Saturday, in Oporoza community in Delta State, “following a cordon and search operation conducted in the community”.
A local Delta newspaper, Gbaramatu Voice Newspaper reported that the ten youths arrested and paraded by the Nigerian Army are not members of any militant groups, but students of Gbaraun Grammar School in Oporoza, the location of a brutal army invasion over the weekend.