The Niger Delta Avengers (NDAs) has denied that any of its members was arrested as claimed by the Department of State Security (DSS).
The denial followed the announcement on Friday by the DSS that some members of NDA were arrested, while attempting to carry out dastard acts.
But the Avengers, in a statement, dared the DSS to parade the suspects in its custody before reporters to disabuse the minds of the public to who is telling the truth.
The NDA spokesman, Mudoch Agbinibo, said the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, was giving President Muhammadu Buhari, false impression about the goings on in the region.
He said those the DSS claimed to have arrested were agents of the secret service.
Agbinibo said in order to justify their pay, the department only arrested and labeled them members of NDA after they demanded payment for the clandestine operations they had carried out for the country.
“The boys have the right to demand for their money from SSS, why not pay them instead of arresting and labeling them as Niger Delta Avengers members?” Agbinibo said.
“If SSS is denying this, let them allow the suspects to speak to the press. We (Niger Delta Avengers) don’t have any connection with these boys. We dare the SSS to allow the boys to tell the world their side of the story.”
The NDA advised DSS to stop feeding the President with a false information about activities across the region, saying the war against oil vandals would not be won if they remained economical with the truth.
“SSS and Nigerian Army can’t win the Niger Delta war by feeding their President with false information about situation of things in the Region.
“It’s all good because as it seems the SSS is now having internal crisis with most of their sleeper agents and it’s a sign that God is on our side.
“This is to SSS Director Lawal Daura, this 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?”
“The Nigerian 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.
“There are problem 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.”
The DSS had said in a statement on Friday that two members of the Avengers were arrested as a result of intensified surveillance the service recently put in place to forestall criminal activities across the country.
The statement, signed by Tony Opuiyo, also said some members of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as well as other criminal elements in different hideouts across the country, were also arrested in the operation which lasted throughout the month of June.
Christian ‘Sensor’ Oluba and Selky Torughedi were the two individuals with alleged ties to the Avengers who were apprehended while plotting to launch an attack on an oil installation, the DSS said.