Ok so after Henry Okah was found guilty by South Gauteng court of terrorism charges related to bombings in Nigeria, in January 2013. The boys from the delta, MEND allegedly sent out this statement which was later refuted by another MEND/MEND??
Instructing folks to ignore the initial email threat as follows:
Now the first statement released post the conviction of Okah was read as follows:“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to advise Nigerians and the media to disregard the pathetic attempt at propaganda by a so-called Comrade Azizi and his statements, which are not authentic statements emanating from MEND. As claimed by this Comrade Azizi, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) would like to clarify the following:Mr Henry Okah is NOT and has never been viewed as the leader or founder of MEND; but rather known as a sympathiser and supporter of our cause. Our fighters are freedom fighters who are fighting for justice, emancipation of the Niger Delta and control of our God-given resources – and not assassins as stated by this so-called Comrade Azizi. Our struggle is NOT and has never been about the disintegration of Nigeria or a North and South fight as stated by this so-called Comrade Azizi.
With regard to the trial, judgment and sentencing of Henry Okah and other Niger Delta indigenes, we will issue a full formal statement in due course stating our views and plans for the future. The Movemenent for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) would once again strongly urge Nigerians and the media to disregard any statement from this person.”
23rd JANUARY 2013
Ref: CONVICTION OF OUR LEADER AND FOUNDER MR. HENRY OKAH.
We witnessed ourselves firsthand the conviction of our dear leader yesterday the 21st of January 2013 by the South African Supreme Court on all the 13th count charges which as we all know has to do with ASO ROCK politic on a man simply because he refused to be bought over.
Before yesterday’s ruling, we had high regards for the South African judiciary but not now as we were wrong on our previous assessment nevertheless, people pays for mistakes committed by others so we the High Command of MEND have an advice for the South African people, which is TELL YOUR GOVERNMENT through your judiciary stay away with events that happened in Nigeria or else some South Africans will pay dearly for it.
To the Nigerian military (The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta) don’t bother for now placing officers on alert, we will not bomb nor kill anybody for the time being, as we had communicated months back, we no long require IED or car bombs as we’ve gone pass that stage. Nigerians as a whole will feel our presence when we finally decide to carry out our targets which will not be restricted to the Niger Delta Region alone.
We so much understand the job load of an image maker but I most point our here clearly that the JTF’s spokesman, Lt.-Col. Onyeama Nwachukwu will have much jobs to do in the region anytime soon for thinking we rely on the OLD COMMANDERS that sold out to take up arms on behalf of our leader, just don’t underrate our capabilities which will take the Nigerian Military another 10 years to catch.
We are not on the same program with regional agitators in the north or elsewhere, we will not hide our faces, soon and very soon, Nigerians will get to see the structures (Diaspora and Home) as well as our new states, regional commanders and new National Leader, arresting and killing Henry Okah will change nothing.
To the Nigerian Government, you have seen NOTHING, the disintegration of Nigeria will start through us and by us, we are well equipped for this task. We have details of all the family members of the Government (1999-2013) and our Diaspora Command will take care of that aspect, we will get to them, we will skin them and post their remains to your door steps as compensation to the Ode people, except our resources are handed over to us without conditions.
All Federal, States and Local Government officials under the pay roll of the Government ( ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Director Generals, Directors etc ) should stay away from the Niger Delta, if found anywhere in the South South region, they will have themselves to blame and that is if they live to tell the tales.
The Minister of the Niger Delta Ministry Mr. Orubebe Peter Godsday is hereby banished from Delta State and the region at large pending when he returns the money he stole which was meant for the Niger Delta Development Councils and also while with:
(a) Burutu Local Government Council, Delta State (1991-1993),
(b) As second Member: Primary Education Board, Asaba, Delta State 2000-2003.
(c) As the Special Adviser to James Ibori former Delta State Governor on Urban/Regional Planning between January 2004 and November 2005.
This whole money belongs to the Niger Delta people and most be return or he should be ready to face the consequences along with your nuclear and immediate family members.
To our Natural Resources, there will soon be a massive earthquake that will be trigged by our nuclear war head, this earthquake will destroy the entire oil wells, oil pipelines especially to Kaduna refinery, oil installations, oil rigs and what have you, when it happens, which we know will be very soon, the Government and those owners of these oil wells and installation will know it’s a different ball game.
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.
To our old breed Commanders, you can talk as much as you want just because you were bought over for a token but we wonder why the fight against your masters, the hurricane is almost there and it will sweep everything left.
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.
OUR CAMPAIGN START AFTER HENRY OKAH’S APPEAL.
WE WILL MAKE A POINT!!!!
23rd January 2013"
Now this letter from the “Movemenent” was very dramatic and had some people shaken up. The question is though, how seriously should you take threats that have grammatical errors that make you chuckle?! Yes, spellcheck sometimes morphs into its own language mid checks, but who's sending this stuff? The Six Million Dollar Man in prison? Are they that impossible to find? Or is nobody really looking...
There will be a massive earthquake “trigged” by nuclear warheads. Trigged: a verb from the adjective trig, means to make neat and tidy in appearance.
So this, "massive earthquake that will be trigged by our nuclear war head",will be very neat and tidy. Very good, very green. A malapropism or genuine threat? These boys could really be out to clean up the Delta...with a mass explosive spring clean that will be felt worldwide; followed by a yard sale of some fine crude...
And for my dear South Africans in Naija, since it is your courts that started this saga; “start parking up”. They “dont want you to get caught in between so please take this warning seriously”. “Parking up” is kinda a tricky instruction to give but whatever you decide to do, however you decide to interpret it; make sure its trigged. There is a new breed of OCD militants out there armed with hand sanitisers and wet wipes.
MEND are a militant group that operate in the Niger Delta with the purpose of highlighting and addressing social and economic injustice that the oil industry has caused in the region. Established in the early 2000's; they have allegedly used means such as attacks on oil installations, the kidnap of foreign oil workers and terror attacks against the Nigerian government. The Niger Delta is a region that has an estimated population of 31 million people who live on less than $1 a day. The region is devastated by pollution from oil spills and pipeline fires that result from siphoning; this has all but destroyed the ecological system. But nobody cares about all this; we just like the drama...
Yes I said it...