Press Releases from 2009

  • 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...
  • 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...