Friday, July 15, 2011

Boko Haram: MEND threatens to resume hostilities

14 July 2011

…protests FG’s decision not to prosecute 100 Boko Haram suspects

By Emma Amaize

Warri – THE Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, has threatened to resume hostilities following its dissatisfaction with the alleged position of the Federal Government that over 100 Boko Haram members arrested for bombing  Police Headquarters in Abuja, would not be prosecuted, while Henry Okah, his brother, Charles Okah and other persons arrested under the guise of being members of MEND were being prosecuted.

MEND in a statement by  its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, said it “views with scorn the recent statement by the security services spokeswoman,  Mrs Marilyn Ogar, that the over 100  Boko Haram members recently arrested in connection to the police headquarters bombing in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja will not be prosecuted but will be resolved politically”.

According to the spokesman, “MEND is preparing very hard for the resumption of hostilities with the training of new fighters joining our various camps and promises that the results will be felt both nationally and internationally, very soon”.

“This is a blatant disregard to all Christians in Nigeria killed with impunity and also an insult to all Niger Deltans as the government is displaying double standards as regards the Niger Delta indigenes falsely and unlawfully arrested over the October 1st bomb blast carried out by our field operatives.

“While the kangaroo justice system being displayed by the South African courts which is obviously playing by a script drafted by the their bosses, the Nigerian Government, continues to detain Henry Okah in unacceptable conditions without a shred of evidence linking him to our action, except that he is a highly respected individual by MEND and other groups in the Niger Delta, his brother, Charles Okah and others arrested with him are languishing in Kuje prison, Abuja still without any proof linking these individuals.

“The Nigerian government till date has refused to dialogue over addressing the injustice in the Niger Delta preferring instead to deceive the world into believing that the Niger Delta issue has being resolved by the government of Goodluck Jonathan.

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