THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta on Sunday claimed responsibility for the killing of two soldiers and a policeman in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
MEND, in a statement by its famous spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, also claimed responsibility for the attack on Afam Gas Plant on November 2, 2013, thereby sabotaging gas supply to Shell Afam Station.
Some unknown gunmen, who were suspected to be kidnappers, had stormed the Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Mgbosimiri axis of Port Harcourt and killed two soldiers and one policeman.
MEND statement read, “On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, soldiers of the Joint Task Force and a policeman, were killed around the Agip jetty in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, after trying to intercept MEND fighters on a reconnaissance mission. Contrary to speculations, they were not attempting to carry out a kidnap operation.
“Hurricane Exodus gathered strength shortly after when it swept through the Okpoloma Gas Plant in Afam, Rivers State, Nigeria on Saturday November 2, 2013, by sabotaging gas supply to the Shell Afam Station whereby disrupting 400MW of electricity supply to the National Grid.
“Some respite came to the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region from October 27 – November 1, 2013 when ‘Hurricane Exodus’ was downgraded to a gentle breeze as a mark of respect to the late Vice Admiral Mike O. Akhigbe (retd), whose flagship finally sunk after a valiant and protracted battle with cancer.
“The late Vice Admiral Akhigbe (retd.) was the leader of the disbanded MEND Aaron Team selected and mandated by the group to dialogue on its behalf with the government of the late President Musa Yar’Adua on issues that led to our insurgency before any amnesty could be considered.”