MEND Takes Responsibility For Attack On Italian Oil Vessel!

Niger Delta Rebels, Movement for the Emancipation of Niger delta (MEND) have claimed responsibility for today’s attack on an oil vessel belonging to Italian oil firm, ENI in Nigeria’s troubled, Niger delta.

Jomo Gbomo confirmed that MEND’s fighters carried out the attack in an email to The Times of Nigeria a few minutes ago.

Six people were taken hostage in the attack.

It was the second attack on an offshore oilfield in Nigeria in one week, undermining a five-month ceasefire by armed groups which had raised hopes for peace talks with the government.

The gunmen overpowered the vessel shortly before dawn and used it to attempt to board the nearby Mystras oil production facility, operated by Saipem and SBM Offshore <SBMO.AS>.

“Some speedboats carrying unidentified gunmen assaulted and jumped aboard a supply vessel nearby the FPSO Mystras. Attackers also tried to climb upon the Mystras itself without success,” Saipem parent ENI <ENI.MI> said in a statement, adding that no one had been injured.

The Mystras floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel pumps oil from the Okono Okpoho field. Industry sources said output had been stopped as a precaution during the raid.

The Nigerian Navy dispatched a vessel to the area, located about 20 miles (32 km) south of the Bonny Island oil and gas export complex, the sources added.

Armed groups fighting for regional control over the oil resources of the Niger Delta had observed a ceasefire from the inauguration of President Umaru Yar’Adua in May, who promised to address the underlying causes of the conflict.

However, one prominent rebel leader, Henry Okah of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), was arrested on arms trafficking charges in Angola last month and Nigeria has said it was trying to bring him home to face charges.

MEND also claimed responsibility for last Saturday’s attack on Shell’s EA field, in which seven workers were taken hostage for two days.


2 responses to “MEND Takes Responsibility For Attack On Italian Oil Vessel!

  1. What a sad and bad news from the Niger Delta and the table of Jomo again, for how long shall we hold unto this hostage taken and kidnapping of innocent works who is looking for there income and how they can make a living from the work of their hands? The Government of Nigeria is doing nothing for the people for the Niger Delta, “YES” but what have you kidnappers and hostage takers are doing too is going out of control (MEND you do nothing for the people of the region). Most of the time they claim to be fighting for the people of the Niger Delta… but for so far, millions of Naira if not more has been collected from hostage taking and Oil companies by this same group, what has such amount of money be use for in the development of the people of Niger Delta.
    What this group is doing today is against humanity, Government law and the laws of the land (Niger Delta) and the way they are fighting their so call right of the Niger Delta’s people is living the region with nothing than bad Image, must them go around with guns kidnapping innocent people for their own interest in the name of fighting for your right? If you know what the Government of Nigeria is doing to you is not right, why can you go to the Law court to do just that? Are we (the people of Niger Delta) replacing the God’s gift Oil with Human Blood?
    Stop spilling innocent blood and make use of yourself in better way. Before now, we live without the Oil and we are OK with the ways of living. Jomo Gbomo, I am calling on you to let those people Kidnapped go to their family, this fight is not between your group and them but between the MEND and the Government of Nigeria, go to Abuja and Kidnap the Law Makers and the member of the Executive.

    MEND members is in the Niger Delta taken hostages and Kidnapping why the Money and Development you are fighting for is been process and spent in Abuja and other places. Please Jomo, is high time you change your group strategies. Your Organization strategy is no longer working inline with what you hope for. I hope you win the war you have started with guns cos Nigeria law dose not allow you to do just this.

  2. The Niger Delta Crisis is not going to end until the Federal Government of Nigeria gives back the resource control of oil to all the oil producing states and treat crude oil like palm oil, cocoa, cotton and groundnut.

    Malaysia makes more money from palm oil than what Nigeria makes from crude oil.


    Please, return to your formal Times of Nigeria website soon, so that your international reputation would not be tarnished.

    Cheers and God bless.

    Editor’s Note:
    The management of Times of Nigeria is working hard to revert to its original format. This should take a few months but it will be worth the wait. Thank you for your commitment to our product.

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