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Nigerian Army Arrests a Suspected Oil Delta Militant Leader

  • Army says Isaac Romeo arrested in southeast city of Calabar
  • Group has denied past government arrest claims on its website
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Nigeria’s army said troops working with covert intelligence officers arrested a suspected leader of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has claimed attacks that have cut almost half of the country’s oil output.

Isaac Romeo was arrested with two others when the car they were traveling in was stopped by security agents in the southeastern city of Calabar on Sept. 3, the army said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday. “The arrest followed painstaking efforts and tracking of the militant,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in the statement.