Another Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Killing of 12 Policemen in Niger Delta Attack
Soon after the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 policemen along the waterways of Azuzama Community in the Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa state, another group, the General Adaka Boro Jnr group yesterday lay claims to the killings.
Two Militia groups, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and General Adaka Boro Jnr group yesterday claimed to have killed 12 policemen along the waterways of Azuzama Community in the Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa state.
MEND had in a statement Sunday said the killing of the policemen was an outcome of a gun battle between their foot soldiers and security men.
Spokesperson of MEND, Jomo Gbomo said “For dismissing Hurricane Exodus as an empty threat by the Nigerian security forces, heavily armed fighters from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D), at about 17:00 Hrs., Saturday 06, April 2013, intercepted and engaged government security forces in a fierce gunfight lasting over forty (40) minutes at Azuzama, Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
“The clash which happened in the river left over 15 security forces dead as we also lost two of our fighters in the battle”, Gbomo said.
MEND’s claim that the attack took place on Saturday however contradicts the confirmation by the indigenes of the community who said the attack occurred on Friday.
The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr Kingsley Omire had on Saturday night dismissed the claim that the militia group, MEND was responsible for the killing of his men on Friday.
In his own claim the militia group led by General Jaspar Adaka Boro (Jnr), insisted that the killing of the Policemen was a clear warning to three-militant Leaders, Mr. Kile Selky Torughedi known along the waterways and creeks of the state as Young Shall Grow.
According to the group, “What happened yesterday was a warning to Young shall Grow. He is deducting our salaries and we have been sidelined in NNPC, Bajero security jobs. He was given N80million to buy cars for his commanders but he embezzled the money.
“We want the Federal Government, the Bayelsa state Government and other stakeholders to come to our aid. If they refuse, we will blow up the flow stations in the region. Both parties will open fire. It is an armed struggle. We just started.”
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