MEND Suspends Planned Attack on Mosques, Other Religious Institutions
The group in a statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo said the suspension of the planned attack is “in spite of several provocative and careless utterances by so-called South-South elders led by Chief Edwin K Clark testing our resolve to carry out our planned attacks.”
MEND had in April threatened to commence from Friday, May 31, 2013, that will target various places of worship by Muslims. Its said the planned attack which is on behalf of the hapless Christian population in Nigeria is to save Christianity from Annihilation in Nigeria over the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram sect.
It said “the intervention of well meaning Nigerians, religious bodies and the Nigerian government’s recent show of sincerity with the order to release from detention women, children, relatives and suspected Boko Haram members giving room for genuine dialogue was taken into serious consideration” in the suspension of the planned attack.
“We have also heeded to the appeal from Mr Henry Okah and Mr. Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs.”
“To these effects, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) hereby announces the suspension of “Operation Barbarossa” which was to have commenced from Friday, May 31, 2013, with immediate effect.”
“We use this opportunity to call for the release of Henry Okah and others in detention over the October 01, 2010, twin car bomb blast.”
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