MEND threatens to resume hostilities in Niger Delta.

Movement for the Emancipation of the
Niger Delta, MEND, yesterday, said it will from
Friday, resume hostilities in the Niger Delta region,
in protest against the conviction of Henry Okah in
South Africa.

MEND, in a statement by its spokesman, Jomo
Gbomo, said the attacks would be sustained until
an unreserved apology was offered to it, and the
Nigerian government shows willingness to
dialogue, same way the government is willing to
dialogue with the Boko Haram sect.
It said: “After a careful deliberation and other
considerations, with effect from 00:00 Hrs, Friday,
April 5, 2013, MEND will commence with a plague
of sustained attacks codenamed Hurricane
Exodus.

“Hurricane Exodus is a direct repercussion of a
forged threat letter contrived by the Nigerian and
South African governments purporting to have
originated from MEND.”
It said that the alleged fake latter by MEND, was
used as evidence against Henry Okah, for which a
13-year sentence was slammed on him.

“We are now determined to conjure this imaginary
trumped up threat into a painful reality. The attacks
will be sustained until an unreserved apology is
offered to MEND and the Nigerian government
shows willingness to dialogue, the same way they
are willing to dialogue with Boko Haram,” MEND
said.

But, Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, code
named Operation Pulo Shield, has said that it was
prepared for the challenges ahead, citing its recent
redeployment to tackle any upheaval in the region.
Warning the group to tow the path of dialogue,
Media Coordinator of JTF, Lt. Col. Onyema
Nwachukwu, said: “JTF, Operation Pulo Shield,
has got wind of the threat prior to the issuance of
the statement, Wednesday, by some persons,
parading themselves as MEND.

“Niger Deltans are not in any bondage and
therefore, do not require armed struggle or
emancipation as claimed by this threatening gang.
What Niger Deltans are in dire need of now, is
peace for sustainable development having
emerged from the dark days of turbulence in the
region. Informed by this development, JTF has
effected some redeployment to tackle any
upheaval.

“These people are advised to tow the path of law
and order in addressing whatever grievance they
may have and desist from any action that will upset
the peace and development of Niger Delta. The
good and peace loving people of the Niger Delta
are enjoined to dissociate themselves, their
communities and leadership from this
unwholesome approach as represented by this
group.”

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