MEND: We Stopped Third Explosion to Save Lives
Movement for the Emancipa-tion of the Niger Delta (MEND) which claimed responsibility for the bomb explosions that rocked the Post Amnesty Conference venue in Warri, Delta State has said it did not detonate the third bomb which it took away to avoid more casualties.
A statement sent online by the spokesman of the militant group, Gbomo Jomo, said their combatants at the venue to monitor and detonate the bombs through remote control devices noticed that after the second explosion, most of the people at the venue scrambled towards the third bomb and would have been killed if detonated.
This is as the umbrella body of militants in the Niger Delta
region, Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), unequivocally condemned the attack as "An act of evil devised from the pit of hell and within the corridors of Lucifer."
Its Spokesperson, Cynthia Whyte, in a statement sent online to THISDAY claimed that the attack was a justification of its earlier alarm that that some people from the Niger Delta had been recruited to carry out certain actions which will question the integrity of the government in a manner that was inconsistent with Niger Delta interest.
The statement by MEND reads: "The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) salutes all its operatives who at great risk, successfully planted and detonated two car bombs at the venue of the Vanguard Post Amnesty conference in Warri, Delta state.
“Three such bombs of varying strength were planted at this venue. It was unnecessary to detonate the third and most powerful bomb as our operatives noticed the participants at this jamboree fled towards the direction of the last bomb.”
"Any attempt to detonate this bomb would have resulted ingreat loss of life. This bomb is being preserved for future use. All who participated in this operation, safely returned to their respective bases."
However, JRC dismissed the action of MEND as the "handiwork of a dementia inflicted cabal who has cunningly infiltrated the just and noble struggle for the liberation and emancipation of the Ijaw and Niger Delta struggle."