Press Releases from 2009

  • MEND: Military False Claim on Weapons Seizure (Wednesday, May 20, 2009)
    The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) counters the false claims by the military Joint task Force that it recovered a cache of heavy weapons from two abandoned transit camps of militants in Delta state. If the truth be told, the military is lying to justify the failure of it's operation to apprehend any militant or seize any weapons after its reckless and irresponsible use of...
  • Diaspora: Global Attention To Ongoing Genocide Against the Ijaws of the Niger Delta (Tuesday, May 19, 2009)
    As we write more that 2,000 bodies, mostly children, women and the elderly lie lifeless and floating in the creeks of the Niger Delta. If information reaching us from local and international press and from those on ground in Nigeria’s oil-rich but poverty stricken delta since the 13th of May 2009 is anything to go by, then what is currently playing out in the creeks of the delta (Gbaramatu to be...
  • MEND: MEND Reaction to Army version of Events (Tuesday, May 19, 2009)
    The Director of Defense Information (DDI), Col Chris Jemitota and the kindergarten spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Col Rabe Abubakar seems to contradict themselves on the events leading to the indiscriminate bombardment, wanton destruction of property and killing of defenseless women, children and the elderly by the irresponsible armed forces of Nigeria. - While the DDI says a rescue team was ambushed...
    We, the women of the Niger Delta have noted with dismay the horrifying act of genocide meted out to innocent indigenes and inhabitants of Gbaramatu kingdom in Delta State by operatives of the Joint Task Force. This is happening despite repeated declaration by the Yar’adua government of its good intentions to address the issues and the neglect of the Niger Delta people.
  • MEND: Update on Fighting (2) (Sunday, May 17, 2009)
    Sunday, May 17, 2009 revealed the desperation of the Nigerian armed forces in a war it has no way of winning when the world witnessed indiscriminate use of missiles and bombs on several defenseless Ijaw communities in Delta state. This is the height of cowardice. At one point we began wondering if the pilots had problems with the calibration of their weapons. It is now evident that sheer...
  • MEND: Update on Fighting! (Sunday, May 17, 2009)
    Considering that ours is a war of detachment and our camps are not meant to serve as permanent barracks, fighters from Camp 5 simply relocated to another camp with all their weapons and ammunition's intact. This is normal in guerrilla warfare. We are embarrassed at the dismal performance of the Nigerian armed forces who performed like poorly trained amateurs by bombing indiscriminately into...
  • MEND: Update: Naval Warship Captured (Friday, May 15, 2009)
    A Nigerian Naval warship deployed from Liberia to assist the military has been captured along with its entire crew of officers and ratings. We are in the process of setting it ablaze.
  • MEND: Update: Hostage Killed! (Friday, May 15, 2009)
    One hostage has been killed by stray bullets from the Nigerian army who attacked an area they were being held in Delta state.
  • MEND: Update on Fighting! (Friday, May 15, 2009)
    Six army gunboats have been sunk and three destroyed. We also captured three intact. Many soldiers have been killed and the military has made a hasty retreat. Journalists wishing to confirm our claim should please contact the undersigned so that a tour can be arranged where they can take pictures and video. Jomo Gbomo
  • MEND: Indiscriminate Aerial Bombardment! (Friday, May 15, 2009)
    The Nigerian armed forces today launched indiscriminate aerial bombardment on the defenseless civilians in the Gbaramatu area of Delta state to serve as a punishment for the humiliating defeat they suffered when they tried to raid two militant camps on Wednesday, May 13. Casualties are mostly women, children and the elderly who could not get away quickly into the bush or high sea. Considering...