Suspected members of the Niger Delta Avengers are seen as they are paraded by the Nigeria military after their arrest in the Nembe waters, Rivers, Nigeria, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Nigerian Army: men accused of killing four soldiers in Delta region arrested

Nigeria’s army said it has arrested three men who dressed as priests and killed four troops in the country’s southeastern Niger Delta region earlier this month.

The men are said to be part of the Niger Delta Avengers. The group on Monday declared a ceasefire and said it is open to talks with the federal government.

The military said it has killed several members of the group involved in the killing of its soldiers during a shootout on Monday, where the three men were arrested.

A large cache of weapons, ammunitions and a gunboat were seized. The Niger Delta Avengers however did not claim attack that killed the soldiers.

The Delta Avengers group mounted a campaign targeting oil pipelines leading to a 40% decline in oil production. Oil revenue makes more than 70% of the West African nation’s revenue. The country’s central bank devalued the Naira by 40% to attract investors and address foreign currency shortages as its economy plunges into recession.

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