Fire
– Despite the two-week ceasefire declared
by the federal government, soldiers invaded
an Ijaw community in search of militants
– Three people suspected to be pipeline
bombers and oil thieves were arrested
– Niger-Sea Commandos, a new militant
group, claims to have broken away from the
Niger Delta Avengers
Soldiers invaded Tebijor, also known as
Okpelama, an Ijaw community in Gbaramatu
Kingdom, Warri South-West local government
area, Delta state on Wednesday morning,
June 15, in search of militants.
This comes despite the two-week ceasefire
declared by the federal government.
The soldiers were said to have arrived in five
gunboats looking for militants, Vanguard
reports.
Soldiers invaded an Ijaw community in search
of militants
Three persons suspected to be pipeline
bombers and oil thieves were arrested by the
Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS), Delta on Tuesday
Confirming the arrest, Commodore Raimi
Mohammed, the commander of the NNS
Delta, said: “We are up against oil assets
destroyers, oil thieves and other criminals in
the waterways. Therefore, it is true we have
made arrest of the three, but I am not at the
moment concerned about what group people
claim to belong.
“We deal with the impact of their crimes and
through information they provide get hold of
their collaborators. Identity claim could issue
for another day, but there could identity
claims though .”
Also speaking, a villager from Tebijor said the
three youths were unlawfully arrested.
According to him, the youths were returning
from fetching mangrove sticks to set a fishing
trap when they were arrested by navy
personnel on patrol.
Meanwhile, there appears to be division in
the camps of the Niger Delta militants. A new
militant group, Niger-Sea Commandos said it
had broken away from the Niger Delta
Avengers.

Also, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force
(JNDLF) has come under attack from the
Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF), a non-
operational militant group founded by the late
John Togo.
The NDLF accused it of using its name
without permission to announce plan by
militants to launch missiles and attack
government establishments.
For months, militants in the Niger Delta
region, especially the notorious group, Niger
Delta Avengers, have been blowing up oil and
gas pipeline. They vowed to continue doing
so until their demands are met by the federal
government.
To curb the activities of the militants, the
federal government deployed military fighters
to the region but later decided to employ a
less violent way of resolving the issue. The
federal government decided to suspend
military offensive for two weeks to give room
for dialogue with the militants and other
aggrieved groups in the region.
Reacting to this, the Nigerian army said it
will continue to maintain the ceasefire
declared by the federal government in the
spate of pipeline bombing in the Niger Delta
region.

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