Monday, 15 November 2010

News Release: MEND Claims Responsibility In ExxonMobil Facility Attack

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) confirms the attack on the ExxonMobil Ibeno oil facility in Akwa Ibom state, in the Niger Delta, was carried out by its fighters.

The attack commenced at approximately 2040hrs Nigerian time and terminated at approximately 2237hrs Nigerian time after our fighters detonated explosives they had earlier rigged to this facility, causing considerable damage.

Like in the previous attack, on the Shallow-water okoro oilfield on Nov 7, 2010 , 7 local employees were abducted. They were taken to prevent the Nigerian government from attributing the damage to this facility to an industrial accident.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) wishes to draw the attention of the International Community to the indiscriminate bombing and strafing of communities in the Niger Delta and locations in the creeks and swamps suspected of accommodating militia camps by the Nigerian military.

At about 1400hrs on Nov 15, 2010 , the Nigerian army carried out such an attack as described above, in the general definity of one of our camps in Rivers state in the Niger Delta.

Expatriate hostages held at this location had to be removed and relocated for their safety as rocket attacks by the Nigerian military came very close to these individuals.

The Nigerian government should be mindful of the fact that these activities are endangering the lives of these hostages who otherwise, would come to no harm in our custody. No amount of military activities will secure the release of these hostages. They will be released at our time.

The Nigerian government till date has refused to dialogue over addressing the injustice in the Niger Delta preferring instead to deceive the world into believing that the Niger Delta issue has being resolved by the government of Goodluck Jonathan who has only being successful in bribing a few miscreants.

In the coming weeks, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D) will launch a major operation that will simultaneously affect oil facilities across the Niger Delta.

Jomo Gbomo