MEND has threatened to blowup the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos
Niger Delta main rebel group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has claimed responsibility for the oil pipeline attack early this morning.
MEND warned repeated a threat made two weeks ago that it intends to bombs bridges outside of Niger Delta to extend the fight to other part of the country.
“For the upcoming attacks on major bridges and other non-oil sector related infrastructure around the country, we will give a fore-warning to avoid casualties as our intent is to only bring down those symbols of oppression and injustice” MEND said in an email to The Times of Nigeria signed by Jomo Gbomo.
The pipeline supplies crude oil to the Forcados oil export terminal, said Precious Okolobo, a spokesman for Shell in Lagos. He would not give further details on the nature of the attack or when it was carried out.
“A small commando unit of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) sabotaged a major pipeline feeding the Shell Forcados export terminal in Delta state of Nigeria on Thursday, November 15, 2007.”
“The extent of damage could not be ascertained after the operation. However, our strategy is to nibble continuously on the oil industry until they are crippled. We are determined to make the military busy enough to justify the huge budget for security in the region. Our wealth should be used to develop and not to oppress us.”
“Regarding the attack on the Cameroonian gendarmes, we have been reliably informed by our sources inside the military of the governments’ cover-up by executing some prisoners on death row to present their riddled bodies and some weapons to the media as the “militants” killed in the shootout.” The statement concluded.