Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) in a statement today, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, said it will resume attacks on the nation's oil installations in order to compel the government to "dialogue." The statement sent to the media and signed by Jomo Gbomo said:
“After a careful deliberation and other considerations, with effect from 00:00 Hrs, Friday 05, April 2013, The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (M.E.N.D), will commence with a plague of sustained attacks codenamed “Hurricane Exodus”.
“Hurricane Exodus is a direct repercussion of a forged threat letter contrived by the Nigerian and South African governments purporting to have originated from MEND. This fake letter was used as evidence against Henry Okah for which a thirteen (13) years sentence was passed. To make matters worse, the prosecution’s second witness Mr Sele Victor-Ben exclaimed in court that the letter was a fake after failing to catch the prosecutor’s eye who wanted him to lie under oath.
“We are now determined to conjure this imaginary trumped up threat into a painful reality.
“The attacks will be sustained until an unreserved apology is offered to MEND and the Nigerian government shows their willingness to dialogue. The same way they are willing to dialogue with Boko Haram.”