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Militants storm Lagos, set ablaze Atlas Cove Jetty

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By Emma Amaize

LAGOS  -  MOVEMENT for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) yesterday switched its ongoing offensive, codenamed Hurricane Moses outside the Niger-Delta region, setting ablaze the Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos state.

The group’s spokesman, Jomo Gbomo who confirmed the unparalleled attack in an online statement on Sunday said, “The depot and loading tankers moored at the facility are currently on fire”.


MEND hailed the United States of America President, Barrack Obama for choosing Ghana above Nigeria as his place of visit in Africa and tried to clear the controversy among the militants over the constitution of a negotiating team.

Creek battle

He stated, “A boardroom or creek battle of epic proportion, which will either emancipate the Niger Delta from over 50 years of tyranny or subject her to perpetual slavery was flagged off tonight by Hurricane Moses with a plague of warning attacks”.

“Led by a pillar of fire, heavily armed MEND fighters today, Sunday, July 12, 2009 at about 2230 hours (9.30 pm) carried out an unprecedented attack on the Atlas Cove Jetty in Lagos state. The depot and loading tankers moored at the facility are currently on fire.

“The two-pronged approach of combining dialogue and intensifying attacks throughout the course of negotiations will be the unique characteristics of Moses.

“The mother of all plagues will be used as a last resort if the Nigerian Pharaohs show stubbornness over reasoning just as Moses did with the plague on the firstborn in ancient Egypt and the Americans with the plague of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“We sincerely hope for the sake of avoiding a total calamity that Egypt will not harden its heart and the exodus of our people to the Promised Land can commence as soon as possible”, he said.

Time-framed demands

On the controversy among militants over their planned negotiating team, he maintained, “The Aaron team that will be put together after due consultations with stake holders from around the globe, militant commanders and Henry Okah, will present the time framed demands of the Niger Delta region to the President through the Timi Alaibe led Federal Government of Nigeria Delegation”.

“MEND will as usual update the public on the progress being made as well as plagues being delivered”, he added.

Obama took the right decision on Ghana

On Obama’s visit to Ghana, he said,  “The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) salutes our brother, Barack Obama for choosing Ghana over failed states such as Nigeria, Angola or Equatorial Guinea for his maiden official visit to sub-Saharan Africa”.

“This is a cheering message for ordinary Africans who will no longer have to tolerate watching the painful images on television of their corrupt leaders being warmly embraced by US Presidents.

“If it were possible to delete images from our memory, many people will not hesitate to do away with the mismatched images of Reagan/Mobutu or Clinton/Obasanjo.

“President Obama’s candour has energized our movement and renewed our conviction in the ultimate triumph of justice. Because our fight for justice is happening  in the type of country with a fraudulent electoral process, corrupt leadership and brutal military he described to parliament in Accra, we feel vindicated”, he stated.

Militants, not Nigeria’s biggest headache
According to him, “The problems facing our dear country Nigeria has nothing to do with militant freedom fighters but with the corrupt political leadership and certain arrogant tribes still living on past glory.

“We want to assure our people and well wishers that we will not sell our birthright for a bowl of porridge because we are not committed to anyone but the people  of the Niger Delta”, he asserted.

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