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MEND threatens South Africa over Henry Okah’s continued detention

*MTN, SACKOIL on bombing list
*Blows up Agip trunk line in Bayelsa
*Claims responsibility for bombing of Orubebe’s country home

Emma Amaize

05 February 2012, Sweetcrude, WARRI – AFTER cessation of hostilities for some months in the Niger-Delta, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, weekend, threatened to bomb telecommunication giant, MTN, SACOIL and other investments of South Africa in Nigeria because of alleged interference of President Jacob Zuma in its struggle for justice in the Niger-Delta.

The militant group issued the warning in an internet post by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, shortly after it bombarded the National Agip Oil Company, NAOC, trunk line at Brass in Bayelsa state on Saturday.

In a disguised reference to the tribulation of its assumed leader, Henry Okah and postponement of his trial by a South-African court, the militant group said the South Africa President has reduced himself to a mercenary of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“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,” the statement read.

The group, which also announced a new phase of its struggle for justice, claimed responsibility for the January 28 bombing of the Ogbogbabene country home of the Minister of Niger-Delta, Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe in Burtutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

“On Saturday, the 4th of February at 1930hrs, fighters of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) attacked and destroyed the Agip trunk line at brass in Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria,” the statement disclosed.

“This relatively insignificant attack is a reminder of our presence in the creeks of the Niger Delta and a sign of things to come,” it stated.

“We have constantly warned Nigerians about Goodluck Jonathan and his train of idiots running Nigeria. Events of the last few months have vindicated our position on the inability of this moron to lead Nigeria anywhere but downwards,” the group added.

“Rather than address serious issues facing the nation and its citizens, Goodluck Jonathan squanders public funds on tribalistic sycophants and thugs calling themselves ex-militants.

“Nigerians should disregard the idle threats and ranting of imaginary militant groups and other hired “Jonathan praise singers”. Besides empty talk, they are unable to help Jonathan in any way. In fact most so called ex-militants are hiding in Abuja or Lagos, not venturing near their villages in the Niger Delta.

“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 $25 billion 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,” it asserted.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) understands the negative impact our assault on the Nigerian oil industry will have on the ordinary citizen in a country which relies almost entirely on one source of revenue”.

“Unfortunately, the extremely irresponsible, floundering government of Nigeria is more concerned with enriching themselves and family members than attending to the problems of the Niger Delta and the continuously depreciating standard of living of the ordinary Nigerian.

“A government incapable of managing roads, refineries, power stations and other basic infrastructure is again squandering valuable public funds on a committee tasked with investigating the viability of nuclear energy for electricity generation.

“The government of Nigeria is incapable of safely disposing household refuse. How then do they plan to deal with the toxic by-product of nuclear energy? Nigerians must know that their ignoramus of a president is controlled by Obasanjo, Western nations, an imbecilic wife and an army of sorcerers”, it added.

“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 on the attack at Ogbobagbene in Burutu local government area of Delta State, on the compound of Godsday Orubebe, Minister for Niger Delta.

“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,” it stated.

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  • Yahaya O.M.

    This revelation is serious. Nigeria is sick.

  • iblood

    i thought dat the government spent alot of money on amnesty, then how comes dat the militans still exist, is it that d president hav been sponsoring his own in the name of amnesty or the militant is just a group of ingrate heartless bastards. Dey even hav d mouth to treating zuma after the inocent live orkah killed.

  • kasim

    GEJ most hear it.MEND calling. OurNiger

  • Am not unaware of the fact that the level of development in the Niger Delta is still at a low ebb. But, Please lets give peace a chance.

  • kasim

    GEJ most hear it.MEND calling. Our president “Moron” too bad even first lady “imbecile”these are president’s people,anyway they know themselves well.

  • This is disappointing.as if the Boko Haram’s menace is not enough burden on the masses now we have an even worst menace! we need help in this country..its indeed true this current government is more concerned about enriching itself rada than taking care of it people!

  • Mest9

    Nigerian government should really look into this to avoid loss of innocent lives or to avoid war. This guys are really serious.

  • Nigeria, definately only God will see us through in this country. Boko Haram in the North, MEND in the South, which way Naija?.

  • Lk

    Nigeria really need a national conference to discuse all matters at hand. Nigeria is serouly seek.

  • John santong

    Is this another boko haram?

  • ifiok monday

    government release their leader abeg afterall u have released boko haram leader including senator Ndume.

  • owoyemi sunday

    God save us in Nigeria.

  • Martin musa

    Boko Haram to the right, MEND to the left, the FG in the middle & the Nigerian masses the grasses of the battle field being trampled upon. To the FG: do the right things required of u, the use of these phrases “we are on the way to carrying out… We are consulting with… We will soon create, construct, develop…etc seems to be the language of FG (THEY VE NEVER REACDHED A DESTINATION) all in the name of growth & development. Start saying we have done or achieve this or that & be factual about it & all these sensless threats/attacks will disappear. God help us all.

  • BOKO HARM, MASSOB AND MEND. Where is Nigeria heading to? God pls save us.

  • The Bible says, when they say peace, peace cometh destruction. We need serious intervention of God in this country. Nigeria is blessed but ironically is the same blessing that is turning toa heavy curse to Nigeria God we need ur help.OUR President is very

    Pls MEND, put back your sword and encourage your kinsman, GLJ,the President federal republic of Nigeria to navigate through this turbulent waters he found himself. He needs geniu support of all of you now instead of compounding the problem for him.. Since the inception of Nigeria he is the first Niger Delta Man to mount that throne which you should be very grateful to God. Should Nigeria split in your turn? God forbid. Please lets not turn the blessing of God for us to curses.

  • MEND again. Oct 1st bomb at Abuja with innocent soul lost. Will trial of the planners raise dust and further terror attacks? What of the amnesty granted by Ya’ARDU and fund that follows? Well, I pity my people. Am making mine inquiry this night and make futher comment tomorrow.

  • Amos Ndukwe

    The mother of all All Ironies. MEND that is expected to rally geniu support around their kinsman GLJ the president of Nigeria are the ones casting aspersions at his person and his wife. It is unfortunate. If MEND can start bombing and destroying oil installations in the homebase of the President most to his chargrin do we say then that Boko haram,s actions are justified? No. Please Mend put back your sword now and help your kinsman to navigate safely through the turbulent waters he unfortunately found himself for he never bargained for it. Unity we stand and divided we fall prey to our enemies. So think wisely. Let the country not split at your turn.

  • Ebiye

    The FG is unfair to the Ijaw cause M.E.N.D is agitating for a fair share of its oil wealth for the Niger Delta. President Jonathan should have dialogue with the Aaron team of wise men as late president did.

  • Mas

    Where will Nigeria wit dis high burden?oh!God duide us thru

  • Mas

    Where will Nigeria wit dis high burden?oh!God guide us thru

  • Mend

    One thing i recomend of this group, is there human sympathy over the poor masses(civilian) who are slave to there servants(government).
    Nigerians are not happy with the look of things in this country for they have gone awhile and see the way things moves in developed and developing country and what that to be so in our dear country.
    Our leaders are more concern in enriching their pocket and reserving for their unborn children. A developing country that their legilators are earning more that the president of a developed country.

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