A suspected faction of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, loyal to Mr. Henry Okah, who was convicted by a South African Court for the October 1, 2010 bombing in Abuja, has threatened renewed attacks in the country.
MEND in a statement titled “Conviction of our leader, Mr. Henry Okah,” signed by one Comrade Azizi, said the organisation would target multinational oil firms and South African firms operating in the country.
Azizi in the statement that was published in Sahara Reporters on Staurday, also threatened that the series of attacks being planned by MEND would not be restricted to targets in the oil rich Niger Delta but the entire country.
MEND in the statement also placed a ban on the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe, from visiting the Niger Delta.
“All oil companies, (foreign or local) should start parking up from the region as this might be the last warning; we really will not want civilians to be caught in between so please take this warning seriously.
“And finally to the South Africa companies: we made some promises before and now we are repeating same, leave Nigeria totally. There will be massive and aggressive campaign on all companies owned, operated and affiliated to the South African citizens or their government both in Nigeria, Western and Southern Africa respectively.”
The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, did not pick the repeated calls placed to his mobile telephone neither did he respond to a text message sent to him on the issue.