…say two suspects, Stanley, Felix arrested by NNS Delta not NDA members
WARRI—Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, yesterday, dared the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie and Commanding Officer, NNS Delta, Commodore Joseph Dzunye, to come to the creeks of the Niger Delta, rather than stay in the cities and arrest “sleeper” agents, who they brand as NDA members to curry favour from their superiors.
Spokesperson of NDA, self-styled Brig-General Mudoch Agbinibo, threw down the challenge in a statement denying claims by NNS Delta commander on Saturday that two suspects, Stanley Tonghan and Felix Miyenminiye, arrested by the Navy a few days ago, were members of the militant group.
NDA said that the two suspects were agents working in conjunction with security agencies and were paid N5 million by two leaders (names withheld) to give the military intelligence on the activities of the group.
It said: “We made it clear that the Nigerian military is using sleeper agents to track or checkmate the activities and operations of Niger Delta Avengers. But the more they try, the more they run into crisis with their employed sleeper agents.
“Tonghan and Miyenminiye that were arrested and paraded by the Nigerian Navy in Delta State are just two of the sleeper agents working for the Nigerian military in conjunction with two leaders, (names withheld).
“They were paid N5 million to give the military intelligence on the activities of NDA. On failing to deliver, they were arrested and tagged NDA members.
“Tonghan and Miyenminiye are not members of NDA. We do not know or have any connection with them. The Navy Commanding Officer NNS Delta, Warri, Commodore Joseph Dzunve, is trying to impress his bosses in Abuja.
“Any criminal arrested is now tagged an NDA member. Since we (NDA) started the struggle, none of our operatives has been arrested. All those in detention in the name of NDA are not part of NDA, the world should know this.
“If the Nigerian military is serious about arresting NDA, let them come to the creeks of the Niger Delta. That is where we dwell. If I (Agbinibo) was the Commanding Officer NNS Delta (Commodore Joseph Dzunve) and Commander of the so-called Operation Delta Safe (Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie), I would have gone to the creeks instead of sitting in the comfort of my office.”