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MEND dares JTF as ceasefire expires

By  Emma Amaize

WARRI—ANXIETY mounted yesterday in the Niger-Delta over whether the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND),  will make good its threat to resume hostilities after the expiration of its ceasefire  midnight today (Thursday), just as the group dismissed the warning by the Joint Task Force (JTF), on the Niger-Delta that militants who dared to raze oil installations would be consumed.

Vanguard learnt that JTF beefed up security at some oil installations in the region, yesterday, while the Commander, Major-General Sarkin Yarkin-Bello, worked late, as he monitored the situation.

However, prominent South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Henry Okah, who is undergoing medical treatment in South Africa and other eminent Nigerians have appealed to the militant group to give room for more dialogue.

But MEND spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, in an exclusive interview with Vanguard said nothing was certain until the leadership of group decides tonight on the next line of action.


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