MEND claims attack on JTF in Bayelsa

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Joint Task Force, JTF,  boat along Nembe-Bassanbiri waterways in Bayelsa State.
MEND is a splinter militant group that rejected the Federal Government’s amnesty in August 2009.
It has continued to bomb oil installations and engage government troops stationed in the region in skirmishes.
In a statement on Sunday, MEND’s spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said the attack was carried out on Saturday by what he described as the group’s trainee fighters.
Mr. Gbomo denied speculations that the attack on the military gunboat was carried out by sea pirate.
“This relatively insignificant attack is a reminder of our presence in the creeks of the Niger Delta and a sign of things to come. Contrary to speculations, they were not sea pirates, but a new group of MEND’s ‘trainee fighters’.
 “Our silence thus far has been strategic and at the right time, we will reduce Nigerian oil production to zero by 2015 and drive off our land, all thieving oil companies.”
The group noted that in its new phase of struggle for justice, MEND will pay considerable attention at dealing with Federal Government’s forces in the Niger Delta region.

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