Port Harcourt - A former Minister of state for Petroleum Resources Odein Ajumogobia, has denied reports that he had agreed to represent the Niger Delta militants during their dialogue with the federal government, reports NewsDay.
He also denied knowing the militants or having anything to do with them.
He, however, said he actually got a call from someone claiming to be a member of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
He said what he discussed with the person did not concern representing any group..
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Ajumogobia, who was later appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs after serving as junior Petroleum Minister from 2007-2010, said he had not opted to represent the militants in their dialogue with the government as was being speculated.
News 24 had reported that MEND on Monday announced a seven-member team, led by Ajumogobia, to dialogue with the federal government.
Jomo Gbomo, MEND`s spokesman in an online statement said other members of the group, tagged, “ Aaron Team 2”, were Bismark Rewane (Delta) and Florence Ita-Giwa (Cross River).
The rest are Timipa Jenkins Okponipere (Bayelsa), Ibanga Isine (Akwa Ibom), Ledum Mitee (Rivers) and Lawson Omokhodion (Edo ).
- News 24