The Nigerian Army has reacted to the accusations made by ex militant leader, Tompolo, that its men carted away with valuables worth millions of Naira, his symbol of authority and the Gbaramatu king’s golden sword.
The ex-militant leader in an open letter to President Buhari, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, also alleged that the Army arrested 10 young men who were sitting for the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) and paraded them as members of the Niger Delta Avengers.
The Army denied the allegations, saying they were “pipeline vandals caught red-handed, as the military officers caught them with explosives and other equipment that are used in damaging pipelines and other critical infrastructure, before taking them into custody.”
According to The Guardian, the Director of Defence Information, Rabe Abubakar, said “It is the same people carrying out these crimes and sponsoring it that are carrying out the media campaigns to malign the military, brandish bold faced lies and all that.
We don’t get engage in such cheap activities especially during such operations, every personnel is careful not to get involved in such crime. So the allegation is completely baseless, it is completely false not rational.”
Meanwhile, Tompolo’s kinsmen have called on the Niger Delta Avengers to stop bombing pipelines and embrace dialogue.