MEND breaks silence, tackles ‘Niger Delta Avengers’


The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, an armed group that engaged the Nigerian government in the past, has broken its silence and has condemned the recent spate of attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region.

In a statement Sunday signed by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, MEND said it had carried out “rigorous and robust analysis, debate and review of political events in Nigeria within the past 12 months; particularly as they affect the Niger Delta region” and resolved to continue to respect the ceasefire declared May 30, 2014 against key economic interests of the Nigerian State.

The group said the “painful but necessary resolution” to respect the ceasefire was borne out of its belief that as President Muhammadu Buhari marks his first year in office, he deserves more time to stabilize the country that, it was “run aground by the ill-fated, corrupt and visionless immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan which pauperized the Nigerian people to the alarming degree we all experience today”.

“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to condemn and dissociate itself from the recent activities carried out by a group known as the ‘Niger Delta Avengers,” the group said.

“Their sudden emergence has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but rather a tool by certain elements to destabilise the current government,” MEND said.

It said going by the group’s actions and subsequent statements, it was apparent who the sponsors of the recent attackers were.

MEND also said the Niger Delta region shall not be part of a secessionist Biafran State.

“Rather, the group believes in one strong united Nigerian federation where the principles and ideals of Resource Control; True Federalism; Rule of Law/Respect for Human Rights; Democracy; Free Enterprise and a Vibrant Civil Society are well entrenched in the grundnorm and put to practice,”it said

However, MEND said it remained opposed to the “fraudulent and unsustainable Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) headed by Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd) which still runs on the corrupt bureaucratic and operational template of the past administration”.

“We have always made it very clear that unless the root issues which gave birth to the agitations in the Niger Delta region are addressed, in the form of a sincere dialogue, this programme will only continue to remain a mere cesspool of corruption,” the group said.

“In order to create an enabling environment for dialogue on the Niger Delta question, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) urges President Muhammadu Buhari to release the Okah Brothers – Henry and Charles who were arrested in 2010 on trumped-up charges. The release of Henry and Charles Okah will be key to any form of dialogue in helping to bring stability to the volatile region,” it added.


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  • growthengine

    Everyone with their agenda.

    • Otile

      Correct man, Buhari with his tribalist agenda of sucking the rest of Nigeria to enrich his people. What kind of justice is that?

  • Denis_NG

    The moment the so called Niger Delta Avenger went political and started calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and Dasuki, I knew straight up that there is more to the whole group than meet the eye.

    • PolyGon2013

      These are IPOB and MASSOB terrorists.

  • DIVIDE & RULE will not work

    Haba Premium Times! Haba! Arent you people ashamed of yourselves? So Jomo Gbomo of MEND which you castigated and refused to recognize in the days of President (Prof) Jonathan has become a trusted personality worthy of issuing a press statement? See how clueless you journalists are! Your method is obvious – DIVIDE & RULE. But the Niger Delta people have long past that state. They now know that a common enemy exists – those alien crooks from the North who have illegally acquired about 90% of the oil wells of the people of the Niger Delta and left them desolate. I am sure your imaginary MEND and your own improvised Jomo Gbomo is aware of this rape of resources and allocation of oil wells. Tell it to the mountains.

    Why have you not been reporting the several groups that have pledged allegiance to the revolutionary Niger Delta Avengers like the River Tigers & Co?

    • growthenine

      Thisday, Vanguard & Sunnews all report with the caption “Ex-MEND leaders beg militants to stop bombings” ——————-But only Premium Times reports with the caption “MEND-breaks-silence-tackles-niger-delta-avengers”. I think something is fishy in this PT’s report and their intent unarguably sinister.

      • Powerlessconscious

        You only believe what you love to hear. Biafra vanguard has satisfied you.
        We all know the destruction of oil facilities is carried out Igbo’s biafra agitators who are eternal enemies of all Nigerians. God will surely punish them for punishing Nigerians because of fighting Buhari.

        • Nwankwo

          ”Monkeys and baboons will soak in blood, I will make his government ungovernable, attack on Boko Haram is an attack on Hausa/Fulani, if he wins again, there will be no Nigeria”. Now Boko Haram representative has won and he wants to rule his slaves, come and rule lets see. God of Heaven will surely pay you back. If you eventually survive on that seat which I strongly doubt based on what Heaven showed me, you will never dream to near the Aso Rock again in your life

  • Betty Yakubu

    “Their sudden emergence has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but rather a tool by certain elements to destabilise the current government,” MEND said. – Premium Times.

    Really???? Does PT feel all Nigerians did not pass WAEC and have no brains?

  • NG-DELTA-Where VULTURES feast

    BEHOLD the Niger Delta– Where the VULTURES Feast,

    The people of Niger Delta are suffering. Below are some of the stark facts about the Niger Delta of Nigeria where the Vultures have come back to feast.

    1. There is poverty in the region and the environment remains the most polluted oil producing region in the world.
    2. The people cannot and do not have anything to show for the wealth on their land.
    3. What Niger Deltans are left with are deprivation, neglect, hostility from both Nigerian military and polluted environment.
    4. The people can no longer farm their land and can no longer fish in their rivers and streams.
    5. Birds no longer fly in the skies of communities like Bodo and some parts of Brass due to oil pollution & gas flaring
    6. Environmental terrorist oil Companies are not being prosecuted in the current sham war against corruption. Why?
    7. Nigerian politicians, their families and beneficiaries have become like Vultures that feast on the resources of the Niger Delta
    8. They (Northerners and few from the West) have cornered all oil wells and resources of the people leaving them with pollution
    9. The richest man in Nigeria is from North and richest Woman from West – Both own several oil wells directly and by proxy
    10. But the owners are told to go to hell and encouraged to keep the peace. Oil companies bribe the local Chiefs and hope we keep mute
    11. It is 1year on and Buhari has not visited the Niger Delta to see the rot.
    12. Who will save the Niger Delta from extinction? Pollution is killing us here.
    13. The beaches are black and filled with spilled oil but our politicians and Senators who earn almost $2m annually don’t care
    14. Why care? They have enough to go to the beaches in Brazil and Panama for holidays and banking of their stolen loot.
    15. Over 20 years ago, 9 Niger Delta activists (The Ogoni 9) were murdered in cold blood by a regime to which Buhari was a member.
    16. Like Nnamdi Kanu, the Ogoni 9 were armed only with their voices and pen. Not guns.
    17. The Niger Delta people have no clean water to drink and no clean air to breathe.
    18. Nobody borrows to develop the Niger Delta but Buhari has planned to 960m Euros to save artificial lake Chad while the Bodo oil spill of December 2008 is still visible on the Niger Delta rivers.

    ***How can a people suffer this kind of injustice and you say they should not complain?
    *** Oh my Niger Delta! Who will build infrastructure and amenities in the region?
    ***Who will clean up our rivers as is being proposed for Lake Chad?
    ***How long will the INJUSTICE continue? For how long? 1957 – When?

  • Excisionist

    The Niger Delta Avengers are not murdering unarmed civilians, destroying mosques (BH destroyed churches) and places of worship bombing markets or schools, abducting innocent women and children raping and maiming, razing towns and villages etc… All these and more are what Islamic terrorists from the north are doing.

    These people are asking for a fair share of what belongs to them which is currently being looted by Sunni Muslim oligarchs, scavengers and sponsors or Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen terrorists. These ungodly hypocrites who use terrorism to threaten Nigerians so that they can intensify the plunder and loots need to be punished. When Buhari came to power, the first thing he did was to remove all the people from the oil producing areas and replace them with filthy, greedy uncircumcised, unqualified Mohammedans who treat the rest of Nigeria as conquered territory. They need to be strangled economically and one simple way of doing it is to deny them the control of the oil industry and wealth from it.

    No more flow of crude to Kaduna. It is a very expensive venture to transport and refine oil there. It was a political decision wich sucks more money hat it generates. It is not economically viable. Let the pipes and tankers be blown up.

    Not only that, they should be denied the possession of oil wells and oil blocks. Those of them who are addicted to oil when captured should be forced to drink crude oil until they get a full stomach. Wicked and minless actions demand drastic counter measures.

    To the securty forcesThe members of the security forces (Army, Police DSS, SSS) from the SS, SE, SW and North Central should understand that these people are fighting to protect their interest, to protect them and their loved ones from terrorists and murderers currently invading and plundering their resources. So, do not obey orders to kill your people and strenghten the hands of their oppressors. Dont forget the legitimate struggle started by Major Gideon Okar and Co to excise the oppressors from Nigeria and free the oppressed

    The only way to deal with Mohammedan oppressors is to confront them. Niger Delta Freedom Fighters, I salute you.

    • PolyGon2013

      By destroying the economic interest of the nation, they are doing more than bombing churches and mosque. They are killing the whole country.

      • Excisionist

        It is simple. They should give up 90 % of oil interest that they currently own and get the hell out of there. They should establish ranches up there and mind their cows and their peanuts. OK?

        • PolyGon2013

          I agree with resource control, but you have better chance of obtaining it politically. This is why you have governors and legislators to speak with one voice.

  • Powerlessconscious

    Nigerians knows that the bombing of oil facilities is being carried out by Biafra’s agitators among Igbo’s and not south southerners. God will surely punish them for punishing Nigerians in the name of fighting buhari.

    • Nwankwo

      Who are South Southerners? Can you show me their location on the map? God is God. God is not a man.

      • Powerlessconscious

        Continue to deceive yourself alone. Is very sure for me that you are on the straight road to Hell Fire. Unless you repent.
        The south south are the multi enthnic region the south of nigeria. They are the oil rich region. They are not part of southeast.
        Finally, I think your god is devil that encourage you to support criminals.

        • TruthHurts

          Your name reflects the state of your brain. Totally Dead! @Nwankwo asked you simple question, but you rant past it, like every other brainless British domesticated animals that proudly accept the insultive tag ‘Nigga-arean’.
          Not sure if you’re a Yoruba, Hausa-Fulani or just one of those lost souls from Biafra area of so-called Niger-Delta/South-South nonsense, who will eventually end like every other traitor like Adaka Boros, Saro Wiwas etc.
          You and ilk need to wakeup and smell the Islamist deaths coming near you with Buhari/ nigeria!

    • share Idea

      These Biafrans are so powerful that they can claim to BH members and at the same vandalising pipelines in Alepo.

  • rolly

    Great! Go ahead and renew all contracts for the protection of our Oil installations and pipelines with them….

  • Etomi

    Buhari’s MEND!!!!!!!

    MEND in the image of the pervert Buhari!!!!!

    • tundemash

      And what were they in the past ? Apparently this release isn’t in tandem with your agenda, Sore Loser !

  • Bomb everything

  • Sparzo

    Now those ipob/egbesu pimps aka niger delta avengers can start licking their wounds.
    No doubt the bombing will escalate now for a couple of months, resulting in more shortages.
    It will be for nothing in the end.The Delta does not want ipob.

    Onuku bye bye!

    • AlBsure23

      You didn’t know. It’s Buhari’s propaganda MEND. You are so gullible.

  • LordofChelsea

    I wish Obasanjo was the one in govt today. The Avenger would have been history by now.

  • New Nigerian

    Pdp opened the gate of hell on Nigerians. Outlaw organizations playing the good cop tactic at the expense of another outlaw organization. Criminality upon criminality – all wasted effort. Very sad story. The administration is better advised to enforce the rule of law without fear or favor, including whatever military option against these terrorists under whatever name.

  • favourtalk

    Can everyone now see that PDP has no future and Biafra is a nobody in this battle. Nigeria is one and will remain so

    • AlBsure23

      Gullible soul.