MEND claims responsibility for Bomb Blast
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Monday claimed responsibility for planting three bombs at the government house, Warri, Delta State, venue of Vanguard Newspaper Post-Amnesty Dialogue. MEND in an on-line statement by Jomo Gbomo said the action was to prove to the Delta State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Uduaghan that MEND, contrary to the view he shares with Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, existed beyond the cyberspace.
Uduaghan basking in the euphoria of the success of the amnesty exercise with drastic reduction in militant activities had declared that MEND was a media creation.
MEND, which had issued a one-line statement at about 10.00 a.m. on Monday as a prelude to the elaborate statement which it released at exactly 11.00 am on the bomb alert, explained that it did not want innocent lives to be lost.
It, therefore, pleaded that the government house annex, Warri, up to the Delta State Broadcasting Corporation should be evacuated.
MEND stated that it would no longer tolerate endless game of deceit in the name of conferences and dialogues, which have yielded no fruit.
While describing Niger Delta governors as stooges, it warned that in the coming days it would launch a severe attack on oil installations in the country.
The statement reads: “Thinking of no better way to announce our continued presence in the Niger Delta to Mr Uduaghan, operatives of MEND today March 15, 2010, successfully breached the security at the Delta State government house in Warri and planted three explosive devices in and around this compound which is the venue of the Vanguard Post-Amnesty Dialogue organised by the Vanguard newspaper. These devices will be detonated remotely.
“In our usual effort to prevent the loss of innocent life, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta advises the immediate evacuation of the Government House annex, Warri and its immediate surroundings up to the Delta State Broadcasting Corporation.
“The time given for this evacuation before the detonation of the first bomb is thirty (30) minutes which will elapse by 1130 hrs Nigerian time. The primary school bordering the government house annex should be evacuated immediately!
“The first bomb will be detonated at exactly 1130 hrs. We will thereafter advise on the other devices planted within and around the venue of the Vanguard newspaper organised and Delta State-sponsored conference. Organisers and participants at this jamboree will ignore this warning at their peril!!!
“People must not remain in their cars and attempt to drive their cars and maintain safe distance from all cars and the area!”
It continued: “The deceit of endless dialogue and conferences will no longer be tolerated. The lands of the people of the Niger Delta was (sic) stolen by the oil companies and northern Nigeria with the stroke of a pen. The Vanguard organized and Delta State-sponsored conference is one of such tools of deception. The Niger Delta has been partitioned into oil blocks which have been distributed amongst mostly northerners while indigenes of the Niger Delta can barely survive. One such example being General T. Y. Danjuma.
“It is common knowledge that no southerner can lay claim to an inch of land in the North. So, why should we continue to talk as the occupation of our land and theft of our resources by the oil companies and northern Nigeria persists?
The governors of the Niger Delta are shameless and visionless stooges who are more concerned with looting their state treasuries and seeking a second term in office, even against the wishes of their people.
MEND will attack any such gatherings designed to propagate more falsehood. Members of the public are hereby warned to avoid such gatherings as they may not be fortunate to have a warning before detonation.
“In the coming days, we will carry out a number of attacks against installations and oil companies across the Niger Delta and will spread out to companies such as Total, which have been spared in the past hope the actions which will follow will persuade Mr Uduaghan that we exist outside of cyberspace.”