Abuja- The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) issued new threats to the Nigerian government as it demanded the release of its leader who is jailed in South Africa.
MEND said it was resuming its so-called Hurricane Exodus to demand the release Henry Okah, who is serving time for terrorism, his brother Charles and other "innocent persons set up as scapegoats " after twin car bombings in Abuja in 2011.
In a statement sent to media, MEND spokesperson Jomo Gbomo warned they will destabilise the oil industry if the organisation's demands were not met.
MEND also called for the resignation of the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The group claims to expose exploitation and oppression of the people of the Niger Delta and devastation of the natural environment by public-private partnerships between Nigeria and corporations involved in the production of oil in the Niger Delta.
It has been linked to attacks on petroleum operations, engaging in actions including sabotage, theft, property destruction, guerrilla warfare and kidnapping.
In January this year, a South African court convicted MEND leader Okah of 13 charges of terrorism, including the bombings in Abuja that killed 12 people.
He was sentenced to 24 years in jail.
- CAJ News