Chiefs arrested by Nigerian Army in Niger Delta

Troops of the Nigerian Army descended on oil-rich Ogulagha, an Ijaw kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, and arrested six persons.

The arrest is connected with the bombing of Forcados 48 Export Line belonging to Shell Nigeria Petroleum Company, SNPECo by Niger Delta Avengers, NDA.

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Those arrested includes Chief Peter Tuasinde; chairman of Ogulagha community, Captain Prebor Solomon and Public Relations Officer of the community, Henry Agedigba, Mr. John Borme, a businessman, Mr. Clement Ibada, and Ejor Burutu.

Mr. Henry actually went to enquire from JTF why his community was raided. He was thereafter seized and remanded.

Recall that Niger Delta Avengers had claimed accountability for the attack, stating that it executed the bombing because Shell failed to pay heed to its warning regarding carrying out maintenance of the facility, after it warned them not to do it.

A prominent leader in Delta State, Chief Ayiri Emami stated “Why should the Federal Government negotiate with criminals?

“If they are talking about neglect in the Niger Delta, all the ethnic groups are neglected and they have issues.  So, if the government wants to dialogue, it should not be with criminals who are bombing pipelines, it should be on the basis of underdevelopment affecting the respective areas.

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“We, the Itsekiri ethnic group, have our own problems, but that has not made us to go and bomb pipelines. For instance, the Export Processing Zone, EPZ, is there and nothing is going on.

“We are neglected, there is no development. So I am against dialogue with criminals.”

In a related development, 80 year old stated that following invasion of Oporoza, he was harassed by members of the Nigerian Army.

“On the night the soldiers arrived Oporoza, I was in bed at about 2.00 a.m when I heard a knock on my door. I came out to check through the window and immediately I opened the window, I saw two soldiers with rifles.

“Before I realized what was happening, one of them hit me twice on the face with the butt of his gun. Immediately they realized I was an old man, they fled into the night leaving me in a pool of blood from injuries.”