MEND Claims Responsibility For Attack On Trans Niger Pipeline
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) today claimed responsibility for damaging Shell facilities which not only affected the company’s oil production but also resulted in further damage to the environment in Ogoni land and other communities in the Niger Delta.
The militant group said the attack was carried out the attack under its operation codenamed, ‘Hurricane Exodus’. A statement issued today by MEND spokesman, Jomo Gbomo said: “This first plague of blood is a sacrifice for freedom we will all have to endure. Since our last update, ‘Hurricane Exodus’ continues to gather strength as it sweeps through the swamps and creeks in the Niger Delta, leaving seriously damaged Trans Niger and Feeder pipe lines, harassed security operatives and scurrying oil workers in its wake.”
It added that its efforts at sabotaging the oil sector was being complemented by what it called, industrialized oil theft, aided and abetted by the security forces in the region. It accused the Joint Task Force (JTF), Eastern Naval Command, the Marine Police, the State Security Services (SSS) and the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration Agency (NIMASA) as government agencies behind massive oil theft in the region.
“As the Niger Delta is seen as a lucrative posting by personnel of the aforementioned agencies, financial returns are made on a monthly basis to the Service Chiefs, Inspector General of Police, Director General of the State Security Service and NIMASA as well as the Minister of Defence. Politicians at the highest level of government and some unscrupulous staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are also involved in the racket.
“Oil majors are being chased away, abandoning their on-shore assets or selling them off. This is our honest advice to unsuspecting buyers in a Niger Delta, where the government of Goodluck Jonathan has refused to dialogue, on the root issues, opting instead to delude itself, bribe a few miscreants and deceive the world that all is well, because of misleading assurances and bad advice from a few selfish, greedy and myopic individuals. Off-shore operations are not a safe haven. MEND has visited Bonga before and we will do it again when the time is right”, the statement added.
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