Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has warned the Niger Delta Avengers to desist from its nefarious activities or face the wrath of law.
The Defence Headquarters issued the warning in a statement on Wednesday.
The group had claimed responsibility for the destruction of two oil wells belonging to Chevron Corporation earlier on Wednesday.
The statement singed by Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the Acting Director of Defence Information said: “The Defence Headquarters wishes to emphasize that the Nigerian Armed Forces will not relent in their efforts to flush out economic saboteurs masquerading under whatever guise to perpetuate evils in the Niger Delta. of the suspected militants.
“The military is not unmindful of the campaign of calumny against our soldiers by paid agents claiming that soldiers are harassing members of the public while performing their constitutional responsibility.
“It is pertinent to state that it is the same group of people that are wreaking havoc on the critical national assets that are blackmailing the Armed Forces and other security agencies to divert attention.”
The military denied that it was harassing innocent people in Niger Delta communities.
“The security measure put in place is not meant to intimidate any innocent individuals but to bring normalcy to our land. We urge the communities and well meaning Nigerians to cooperate with the security agencies in their bid to apprehend the perpetrators.
“The military and other security agencies will continue to discharge their lawful duties in the Niger Delta and any other part of the country in a most professional manner devoid of the claim by the criminal elements of harassment, intimidation and arrest. Our job is to secure infrastructural facilities and property of innocent citizens as well as containing the activities of criminal”, it added.