The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has denied a statement credited to the Department of State Services that it arrested two of its members.
It said there was no way the DSS and the Nigerian Army could arrest any of its members.
The group said those that were arrested by the operatives of the DSS were "sleeper agents" of the security outfit.
The statement, signed by its spokesman, Brigadier General Mudoch Agbinibo, reads in full: "Reports from National dailies that two suspects, Mr Christian Oluba alias Sensor, and Selky Kile Torughedi arrested by DSS are alleged members of Niger Delta Avengers is laughable; the fact is they are sleeper agents of the DSS sent after the Niger Delta Avengers.
"The boys have the right to demand for their money from DSS; why not pay them instead of arresting and labeling them as Niger Delta Avengers' members.
"If DSS are denying this, let them allow the suspects to speak to the press. We (Niger Dleta Avengers) don't have any connection with these boys. We dare the DSS to allow the boys to tell the world their side of the story."