We can defeat army if they come to the creeks —Niger Delta Avengers

Members of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have declared that it is not hard to defeat the Nigerian Army in a combat if they agreed to relocate from their cosy offices to the creeks, where activities of economic sabotage is actually taking place.

The group also cautioned elders of the Niger Delta region to tread softly with the proposed dialogue with the Federal Government.

“The reason behind military harassment of towns and villages in the Niger Delta is because the NDA has not confronted the Nigeria military in battle.

“We are not scared in confronting you. The creeks  of the Niger Delta belong to us, so defeating the  Nigerian military is not hard for us,” it said.

The group, however, added in a disjointed English that “We have made it clear on many occasions that our business is to cripple the Nigerian economy, not to kill military.”

The group, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mudoch Agbinibo, and made available on its website on Sunday, said the two arrested vandal suspects that were paraded by the Nigerian Navy in Warri, on Saturday, were not its members.

“Any criminal arrested is now a 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,” he said.

The group warned elders from the region, who had promised President Buhari to arrest the spate of militancy in the region in 30 days, to watch their back.