MEND sets to create Ijaw-Nation -a wholesale rampage on Nigeria-Nation!
MEND on rampage
•We’ll destroy all pipelines
•Attacks Shell again
•Daukoru paid N.3bn to kidnappers’ By Daniel Alabrah Sunday, February 8, 2009
•Photo: Sun News Publishing
Militants belonging to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) made good their threat to resume hostilities as they struck the Utorogu Gas Plant in Delta State operated by Shell in the early hours of Saturday.
The insurgents made the claim just as it alleged former Energy Minister and traditional ruler of Nembe community in Bayelsa State, Dr Edmund Daukoru, paid the sum of $2.5 million (about N375 million) before his abducted wife regained her freedom on Friday.
The militia group last weekend called off its unilateral ceasefire declared in September 2008, following what it described as unwarranted attack by soldiers on the base of another militant group leader in Rivers State, Ateke Tom.
As at press time, the extent of damage to the plant could not be ascertained as several calls to the mobile phone of one of Shell’s spokespersons, Mr Precious Okolobo, were left answered.
But an electronic mail statement by the group’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said similar attacks on oil pipelines were underway.
“(The attack) is to send a message to the oil companies that all the pipelines they have repaired in the Western Delta will soon be in need of repairs again,” it stated, adding, “bribing compromised militants to protect your pipelines is a myopic strategy and the wisest thing to do is to ensure the Nigerian government is just to the oil-bearing communities and implement a true federal system.”
MEND also said it decided to attack the Utorogu plant “to dispel the false sense of peace and security in Delta State, which the governor (Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan) has been boasting about.”
This was, however, countered by the Delta government, which said there was no cause for alarm and that the peace and security enjoyed in the state cannot be denied.
An aide to the governor told Sunday Sun on the telephone yesterday evening that the peace in the state came through a hard-earned process beginning from Uduaghan’s election campaigns.
“We have held constructive engagement with critical stakeholders in Delta. We have made it clear it is peace that requires everybody’s involvement. That peace is not threatened. There are just pockets of reaction, which should be expected even in a family setting.
“The peace in Delta will subsist. Beyond fifth columnists and saboteurs, all stakeholders are involved and we are not expecting any catastrophe. All multinationals that left are back and we have portrayed ourselves well for others to emulate,” the aide, who craved anonymity, said.
Sunday Sun investigation however revealed that for sometime now, the governor has been having a running with oil bunkerers masquerading as militants.
The grouse of the bunkerers, our source said, is that the governor insisted that he would not allow kidnapping and oil bunkering to thrive in the state unlike other states in the Niger Delta, where highly placed individuals are said to be involved in the illicit business.
In a related development, MEND threw jabs at the former Energy Minister, Dr Edmund Daukoru, whom it alleged paid the sum of $2.5 million to the abductors of his wife.
His wife, Gladys, was kidnapped at her D-Line residence in Port Harcourt last Sunday.
In another e-mail statement, it said: “(MEND) can confirm that the former Minister of State for Energy, Edmund Daukoru, paid the sum of $2.5million in cash to the kidnappers of his wife after they threatened to gang rape her every day.
“The security agencies were kept out of the negotiations as the family, like many in the Niger Delta, has lost faith in them.”
MEND also said one of the British hostages in its custody has contracted a strange sickness and is very ill.
It, however, refused to disclose the identity of the hostage so as not to panic his family.
“A local doctor has been arranged to review his condition and we hope the situation can be stabilized. MEND will follow the example of the Nigerian government by managing his health conditions locally like is being done in
Henry Okah's case while the President of Nigeria sneaks to foreign hospitals for medical treatment,” it said.
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