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The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) ON
Saturday attacked and destroyed the trunk line of the Nigerian Agip Oil
Company (NAOC) in coastal Brass in Bayelsa State.
The group which also vowed to launch attacks on South African business
interests in Nigeria claimed responsibility for the attacks on the
compound of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, at
Ogbobagbene in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
MTN and SacOil are two major companies in Nigeria with substantial
South African interests.
MEND in an online statement signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo
explained that the attacks were to remind government that the group is
still in the creeks warning that they would soon launch more attacks at
“On Saturday the 4th of February at 1930hrs, fighters of the Movement for
the Emancipation of the Niger Delta attacked and destroyed the Agip
trunk line at brass in Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
“This relatively insignificant attack is a reminder of our presence in the
creeks of the Niger Delta and a sign of things to come. In this new phase
of our struggle for justice, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta (M.E.N.D) will pay considerable attention to dealing with security
forces and traitorous indigenes of the Niger Delta.
“In this regard, MEND wishes to confirm that our fighters were responsible
for the attack at Ogbobagbene in Burutu local government area of Delta
State, on the compound of Godsday Orubebe, Minister for Niger Delta”,
the group said.
MEND also advised Nigerians to ensure they heed warnings on imminent
bombings seriously as they were prepared to launch more attacks.
“The general public is again advised to take very seriously, any warnings
of impending bombings. Such warnings will always precede a bombing,
providing sufficient time for evacuation.
“Specific members of the security services and the media will in addition
to email, receive notification of an impending attack, by SMS in order to
minimize the possibility of civilian casualties”, the group added.
Accusing President Jonathan administration of inept and incapable of
tackling Nigerian problems, the group called on the citizenry to disregard
threats by some militant groups to attack segments of the country.
“Our silence thus far, has been strategic and at the right time, we will
reduce Nigerian oil production to zero and drive off our land, thieving oil
companies. British Petroleum is prepared to pay $25bn compensation for
the Gulf of Mexico oil spillage, yet for worse spillages in the Niger Delta;
our people are paid with death at the hands of the Nigerian military.
“In the dark days to come, MTN, SacOil, and other South African
investments will pay a heavy price for the interference of Jacob Zuma in
the legitimate fight for justice in the Niger Delta, by its people. The South
African President has reduced himself to the position of a hired thug for
Goodluck Jonathan”, they said.
However in its reaction, the Joint Military Task Force in the Niger Delta
region codenamed, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’ condemned the attack on
Agip Oil installation and vowed to flush out the group from their hideout.
The JTF in a statement signed by its Media Coordinator, Lieutenant
Colonel Timothy Antigha, urged the people of the region to volunteer
useful information on how to arrest members of the group.
JTF noted that agitation for the region which triggered the militia struggle
in the first instance is receiving federal government attention wondering
what the present bombing is intended to achieve.
“These programmes are ongoing and verifiable. Unfortunately, people who
were never part of the agitation have emerged and want to claim amnesty
and its benefits by force. It should be noted that it is not possible to run
an inelastic amnesty programme.
“Consequently, the JTF advises Niger Deltans to be mindful of people who
are out to swindle them by wrongfully appropriating the identity of the
erstwhile leadership of MEND to curry sympathy for their selfish and
criminal interest,” JTF added.
MEND bombs Agip Oil facilities in Brass
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