Press Releases from 2009

  • MEND: Seizure of Sailors on MV Spirit (Thursday, May 14, 2009)
    The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) can confirm that an affiliate group hijacked the MV Spirit yesterday in Delta state and have taken fifteen (15) foreign crew members hostage. The seizure is connected with the on-going fracas. Jomo Gbomo
  • MEND: JTF Base Attack! (Wednesday, May 13, 2009)
    At exactly 0200Hrs on Thursday, May 14, 2009, special commandos from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) launched pre-emptive simultaneous attacks on two military Joint Task Force marine bases in Delta state in response to a planned punitive invasion on some protesting oil communities. Overall, five gun boats and various support vessels have been destroyed in one night...
  • MEND: Breaking News - MEND Camps under Heavy Attacks!!! (Wednesday, May 13, 2009)
    At about 0930 Hrs today, May 13, 2009, the Nigerian armed forces launched an unprovoked attack on two major MEND camps in Delta state hoping to overwhelm them with the element of surprise. Unfortunately for the raiders, we were waiting for them. A bloody battle is on-going and two gunboats belonging to the army have already been sunk by mines with several casualties on the side of the army. All...
  • MEND: Early British Hostage Release (Tuesday, May 12, 2009)
    The candid comments by the British Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bob Dewar on the unjust situation in the Niger Delta region when he visited Nigeria's Misinformation Minister has flicked on a switch of hope for an early release of the British hostage, Mathew Maguire. The envoy noted to our satisfaction the injustice and criminality by successive and the current government for which we are fighting...
  • MEND: Nigerian Navy in acts of Piracy (Sunday, May 3, 2009)
    At about 1600Hrs, today Sunday, May 3, 2009, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) intercepted a distress call from the crew of two fishing trawlers belonging to the Swan Fishery Company about a pirate attack around the Funiwa oil flow station on the Middleton High Sea in Bayelsa state. By the time our patrol team made contact with the Trawlers with numbers 150.29 and 150.30...
  • Center for Constitutional Rights, EarthRights International: Congressional Commission Hears Testimony on Shell's Environmental Abuses in the Niger Delta (Tuesday, April 28, 2009)
    WASHINGTON - April 28 - The U.S. Congress's Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission heard testimony today about the negative environmental impacts of oil operations in the Niger Delta, including those of multinational oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta.