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The Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND which claimed
responsibility for Saturday attack on Agip Oil facilities in Brass, Bayelsa
State have indicated readiness to carry out more deadly strikes on oil
installations in the country to demonstrate to the international community
the inefficiency of the Nigerian military.
This is even as the Joint Task Force, JTF, said it has intensified man hunt
for perpetrators of the Saturday attack on Agip Oil facility.
MEND in a statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo on Monday said
the imminent attacks will be followed by a break after which which it will
strike again in league with other militia groups.
“Within the next few weeks, the Movement for the Emancipation of the
Niger Delta will carry out a few major attacks on oil installations to
demonstrate to the world the helplessness of oil companies and the
Nigerian military. After these next attacks, there will be a brief pause as
we await the time agreed upon by all groups in the delta for the
resumption of hostilities in the Niger Delta”, MEND declared in the terse
The movement also vowed to implement its decision to kill South African
business interests in Nigeria daring the South African government to seek
protection for the companies if it could.
“To the South African government, we accept your challenge and will
show you how easy it is to drive your investments out of our region. If the
Nigerian government cannot protect companies like shell and chevron,
how will they manage to protect an insignificant Sacoil?”, the movement
Flaunting the impact of its attack on Agip Oil facility on Saturday, MEND
said the attack has reduced Nigeria’s oil production drastically.
MEND said that contrary to claims by Agip Oil that only 4,000 barrels
production capacity was affected in the strikes, the attack has actually
cut production by 200,000 barrels translating to $20 million loss daily.
Deriding members of the JTF, the movement described the soldiers as
little minds who are incapable of comprehending the gravity of the
situation unfolding in the Niger Delta region.
“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to
respond to the ignorant comments of the spokesperson of the joint task
force(jtf) Col Timothy Antigha and the government of South Africa through
its ministry of International Affairs. The jtf spokesperson in his little mind
is failing to comprehend the gravity of the situation unfolding in the Niger
Delta and attributes our attack on the Agip pipeline to instigation by
imaginary persons interested in benefiting from the fraud that was the
disarmament process in the Niger Delta.
“The Nigerian government claims to have disarmed more people than
exist in the Nigerian Army with only two thousand weapons to show for all
their trouble. The lull in fighting by all groups in the Niger Delta is being
used to acquire more sophisticated weapons to ensure that our next
assault on the Nigerian oil industry expels western oil companies once
and for all. There is nothing the Nigerian military can do to halt us.
“Agip cleverly indicated that 4000 barrels of its production is affected by
our attack. The reality is that close to 200,000 bpd of Nigerian crude
exports is affected by our attack as that trunk line served to transport
crude oil for other oil companies as well. This translates to a daily loss of
at least 20 million us dollars” the militants said.
MEND had on Saturday attacked and destroyed the trunk line of the
Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in coastal Brass in Bayelsa State,
explaining the attack was to remind government that its members were
still in the creeks.
“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”, the movement had
said on Sunday.
MEND threatens more devastating attacks on oil facilities
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Tuesday, February 07, 2012