By Emma Amaize
WARRI — MOVEMENT for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, yesterday, said it was not party to the alleged threat by any militant groups in the region on the Director-General of the Ibrahim Babangida Campaign Organisation, Chief Raymond Dokpesi.
Its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, in an e-mail statement, said the group was surprised that Chief Dokpesi had linked MEND to the threat.
H said: “The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, had been drawn to an allegation by Chief Dokpesi, the Director-General of the presidential campaign for former Nigerian military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, claiming that MEND issued a threatening statement directed at him.
“For the record, there has never been a statement from MEND directed at Chief Dokpesi or anyone involved in the 2011 presidential race.
“The group is apolitical and our focus remains fighting the injustice in the Niger Delta.
“Chief Dokpesi may be misinformed into believing that statements from an association of miscreants calling itself the Joint Revolutionary Council, JRC, with false claims of affiliation with MEND is true.
“We reiterate that we have no knowledge of any group known as the Joint Revolutionary Council or JRC. The public should ignore statements to the contrary.”