MEND Resumes Attack, Bombs Two Petroleum Tankers in The FCT, Vows To Destroy More
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta MEND has resumed its attack codenamed ‘Hurricane Exodus’ with the destruction of (2) articulated tanker vehicles laden with petrol in a queue outside the NNPC depot in Abaji, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The attack which the group said was carried out at about 00:05Hrs on Saturday, June 15, 2013 is a segment of the ‘Hurricane Exodus’ attack codenamed ‘Operation Touch and Go’ where the target is the soft underbelly (downstream Sector) of the oil industry in Nigeria.
A statement by the spokesman of MEND, Jomo Gbomo claimed that its operatives stealthily attached portable military limpet explosives magnetically to the two tankers programmed to detonate simultaneously with predictable outcome.
“Hurricane Exodus’ resumed at about 00:05Hrs on Saturday, June 15, 2013, when field operatives from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D), stealthily attached portable military limpet explosives magnetically to two (2) articulated tanker vehicles laden with petrol in a queue outside the NNPC depot in Abaji, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” Gbomo said.
He added that: “From today, every tanker vehicle we find distributing petroleum products including propane gas has become a legitimate target in our war against injustice, corruption, despotism and oppression.”
He advised the public to maintain a safe distance from articulated vehicles carrying petroleum products and warned that drivers of such vehicles do so at their own risk.
MEND said the attack on the tankers carrying petroleum products will continue until its demands are met.
“Harassment on these tanker vehicles would be sustained until the following demands are met, Gbomo said;
1. Henry Okah, his brother Charles and other innocent persons set up as scapegoats and held over the October 01, 2010 twin car bombings in Abuja be released unconditionally.
2. That an unreserved apology be tendered by the Nigerian government to MEND for presenting a forged email letter threatening the South African government purported to have originated from us and used as evidence in the sham trial and conviction of Henry Okah.
3. That a separate independent body outside Nigeria investigates the forged letter so as to ascertain its authenticity and make their findings public.
4. That since our struggle has never been about a Goodluck Jonathan Presidency, nor about been beneficiaries of dubious pipeline protection contracts and other forms of bribery, a conference to address the injustice, underdevelopment, environmental degradation and outstanding root issues confronting the Niger Delta region must be fixed to hold within three (3) months.
5. That the corrupt and inept Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke resigns as Minister of Petroleum.
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