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MEND responsible for Bayelsa attack

10 February 2014, 09:53Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has taken responsibility for the Saturday attack on two police gunboats in Peremabiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the group spokesman, Jomo Gbomo.

The gunboats were said to be escorting an ex-militant leader, Eris Paul, to Peremabiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.

“Ogunboss and several others now hiding in the cities, sold their birthrights for contracts and political appointments to the detriment of a just cause. They are now persona non grata in the creeks, and their lives and ill-gotten properties have become subject to legitimate targets for destruction,” Gbomo said.

 The group added that no self-respecting freedom fighter would take orders from a government he was fighting against.

“In the words of our hero, the great Madiba, Nelson Mandela, “No self-respecting freedom fighter would take orders from a government he is fighting against or jettison a longtime ally in the interest of pleasing an antagonist,” read the statement.

MEND is one of the largest militant groups in the Niger Delta region of the country.

The organization claims to expose exploitation and oppression of the people of the Niger Delta and devastation of the natural environment by public-private partnerships between the Federal Government and corporations involved in the production of oil in the Niger Delta.

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