The Sun News
7 March 2012
... Says N’Delta unrest not over
... Faults JTF claim on Mammy Water, others
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has punctured claims by the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) Operation Pulo Shield over the reprisal attack that claimed the lives of ex-militant leader, Shedrack Itokofuwei a.k.a Mammy Water.
The leadership of the JTF while announcing the recovery of the bodies of Lt. Col. A. Malik and the three naval ratings who died, disclosed that recent attacks on its personnel and criminal activities were carried out by the late Mammy Water and his gang, and MEND group.
According to the security outfit, the name MEND was just being used to seek relevance and creating what it called false impression that the attacks were being carried out by loyal group of militants which it was coordinating.
However, MEND, in a statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, insisted that its fighters attacked the Marine Police check and killed the JTF convoy.
Noting that the JTF for the first time admitted the loss of a senior officer, MEND said the attack was carried out by a small group of its fighters from
. Delta State
Gbomo stated that JTF’s story was not true and challenged it to produce the bodies of the pirates that were in the three boats it sunk.