MEND Warns of Attacks in Abuja, Lagos and Niger Delta

Source: understands that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has warned of attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta area as well as in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) and Lagos. The warning was issued by the group in a statement released on Monday and signed by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo.   Excerpt of   the statement reads: 'The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) will soon commence with simultaneous bomb blasts and attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta and other strategic locations in Abuja and Lagos states of Nigeria. Due to our commitment to avert avoidable loss of lives, advance warnings for immediate evacuation as previously will be issued and a final warning thirty (30) minutes prior to the blasts, after which will follow a statement of claim in line with our modus operandi.

  The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) advises the general public in the strongest of terms, to stay clear from all political gatherings or meetings of any sort'.   The group claimed responsibility for the Independence Day bombing in Abuja which claimed the lives    and said that the heavy loss of lives in the attack was the making of the county's security forces.  

  'It should be recalled in our last Independence Day bomb blast that it was due to the callousness of the Nigerian security services and ignorance of the general public that led to the fatality. Again, anyone who chooses to ignore this warning does so at their own peril as the aftermath of these blasts will be catastrophic'.  

  Jomo Gbomo accused President Jonathan of been insensitive to matters involving the Niger Delta.   'The government of Goodluck Jonathan has shown its unwillingness to address the key issues of the Niger Delta but chosen instead, to continue doling out bribes to thugs and plundering the resources of the Niger Delta into his presidential campaign while deceiving the world and Nigerians that there is peace in the Niger Delta. Our revolution like our fellow brothers in Northern Africa will start with the crippling of the Nigerian oil industry to flush out all Western oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region and the simultaneous bomb blasts never anticipated in the history of this country'.  

  It applauded its 'fighters' who it said have been courageous and dedicated in the face of unfavorable situations.   'The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta salutes the courage and dedication of its fighters who have against all odds persisted in the fight for justice'.