A faction of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, purportedly headed by Henry Okah now in jail in South Africa, has rebutted the statement threatening ‘a plague of attacks’, against Nigeria’s oil facilities.
The faction represented by Mr. Azizi, who called from Spain Thursday afternoon said it has the mandate of Okah to condemn the threat, as it did not emanate from the group.
MEND in a statement signed by Jomo Gbomo, the nom de guerre usually linked with Okah in the past, threatened to commence fresh armed struggle in the Niger Delta region beginning from tomorrow Friday the 5Th of April 2013 at 00:00am.
But Azizi countered: “I have been mandated by Mr. Henry Okah to issue a statement condemning the alleged publication credited to MEND which is not from us (MEND-OKAH). Jomo Gbomo is no longer in existence as he was part of the old breed command; all authentic statements from MEND are issued through our spokesperson Comrade Azizi.
“Our leader (Henry Okah) despite his situation at present is not in any means associated with this publication neither did he in anyway issued sure directives to anybody to kill or destroy infrastructures in the Niger Delta Region or any part of the country.
“Our leader (Henry Okah) does hereby advise Niger Deltans and Nigerians at large to disregard sure statement as it is not from him or from the New Mend Command. Our intelligence unit has informed the high command of MEND that the statement issued through a “deleted” Jomo Gbomo came from a group of people in the Northern part of the country with the intention to cause havoc in the region which will be resisted.
“We (MEND-OKAH) are strongly warning any group or persons by any name they call themselves from the north that any attempt to bomb our region will not be tolerated which may automatically result to war.
We are not cowards to destroy what we have, rather will be fight to have more developments brought to the region for the betterment of our people.
Okah was jailed by a South African court 24 years last week over Independence day bombing of Abuja and another bombing of Warri, in Delta state in 2010.