Okah: MEND threatens to resume attacks on Friday…..Punch

The Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta on Wednesday announced that it would on Friday (tomorrow) resume hostilities in the country.

In an e-mail sent to journalists, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, MEND’s spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, said a series of attacks, codenamed Hurricane Exodus, would begin at midnight on Friday.

It said the attacks would be “a direct repercussion of a forged threat letter contrived by the Nigerian and South African governments purporting to have originated from MEND”.

But government security agencies on Wednesday said they were prepared to checkmate the militant group.

Director of Information at the Defence Headquarters, Brig Gen. Chris Olukolade, warned those behind the threat to avoid any action that could endanger the peace in the area.

He said that the DHQ had its operatives on the ground and are prepared at all times to defend the interest of the country.

Olukolade warned MEND against reversing the hand of peace in the Niger Delta.

He said, “The DHQ has our outfit on the ground in the Niger Delta. Our structures are on ground in the area. They should not reverse the hand of peace; nobody should threaten the peace in the area.

JD: This was not unexpected but i doubt how it will help Okah’s case.This brings us to a question,has the amnesty program for the militants been succesful in any way?.Definitely ,as our oil production has stabilised,but at what cost?The government needs to give a report on that and also to tell the nation how this new development can be contained.Talking tough and military action,might not just be it.

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