MEND Reveals the Founding Members of the Niger Delta Avengers

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on June 12, Sunday, revealed that some of its ex commanders and fighters are amongst the founding members of the Niger Delta Avengers. The group stated that on countless occasions in the past 10 years of the MEND’s existence, it had taken up weapons against the Nigerian state and the global oil companies with a view to bringing to national and world attention, the pathetic paradox of the oil-rich region.
MEND also announced that it had set up of the team for the talks with Federal government over Niger Delta crisis. Members of the team are: Henry Odein Ajumogobia SAN (Rivers); Bismark Rewane (Delta); Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa (Cross River); Timipa Jenkins Okponipere (Bayelsa); Ibanga Isine (Akwa Ibom); Ledum Mitee (Rivers); and Lawson Omokhodion (Edo state). Jomo Gbomo, the spokesperson of the group, in a statement said that the move came after useful preliminary talks held with high-ranking officials of the incumbent government.
The statement further read: “Our message to the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) is simple: The Niger Delta struggle is beyond attacks on oil installations.
“Indeed, prior to the MEND ceasefire; the group had, among numerous daring attacks, on Thursday, June 19, 2008, successfully carried out the spectacular attack on Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore Bonga oilfield which is located at a whooping distance of 120 kilometres (75miles) south-west of the Niger Delta. “If indeed your cause is to avenge the injustice done to the Niger Delta region; then, we urge you to ceasefire and join us to the table of negotiation with the Federal government; otherwise, the Niger Delta struggle shall be hijacked, once again, by selfish interests for their own personal aggrandizement
“One such example is the recent purported NDA demand made through the region’s governors that the Federal government should drop charges of corruption against certain individuals and politicians from the region. This absurd and ridiculous demand, to say the least, is far removed from the Niger Delta struggle.” the group told the Niger Delta Avengers.

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