The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday paraded one Michael John, suspected to be the main coordinator of the bomb attacks on oil and gas infrastructure in the state.
John, who is suspected to be a member of the gang that killed three soldiers at Jones Creek three months ago, was paraded with his face covered, at the Naval base in Warri, Delta State.
His arrest came as the federal government is offering the militants an option of dialogue in order to end the ongoing crisis.
Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Delta, Ramie Mohammed, refused to comment on whether the suspect was a member of the Niger Delta Avengers but said he was arrested in connection with an attack on an onshore pipeline in Forcados.
“This arrest came after several weeks of trailing and arrest of several of his foots soldiers. The suspect is also deeply involved in pipeline vandalism to steal crude oil. He steals crude from abandoned oil well heads and pipelines in Okpoko and Obodo, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State. Navy believes with his arrest, attacks on Chevron/NNPC oil and gas facilities will abate,” he said.
The Navy also paraded a suspect arrested on May 29 in connection with the killing of a soldier, police officer and one other victim.
The Navy commander said the suspects’ identities were shielded so as not to compromise ongoing investigations which could possibly lead to the arrest of other members of their respective gangs.