May 19, 2014 – MEND: “We Bombed Okrika Refinery Because Niger Delta Amnesty Programme Is Fraud”
Niger Delta militants, MEND (The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) have claimed responsibility for the bomb blast that killed 7 people on Sunday in Okrika Refinery located in Port Harcourt Jetty of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC in Rivers State.
In a statement released by the militants today, the attack was intended to destroy the entire refining facility.
The statement reads;
“This facility was infiltrated by a few of our fighters with the aid of our internal agents within the NNPC contrary to speculations that the sabotage was carried out by “pipeline vandals and oil thieves”, which is a very convenient phrase used in shielding the truth from the public,” it said, stressing that thorough investigations will reveal that the bomb fragments from the blast are the same in the Warri Refinery explosion of October 22, 2013.
“We will persist with our attacks on the Nigerian oil industry due to the inaction of President Goodluck Jonathan who continues to rely on an unsustainable and fraudulent Niger Delta Amnesty programme which is only a guise to line the pockets of Goodluck Jonathan, his wife Patience, Jonathans cronies and members of the Amnesty Committee whose sudden wealth remains unchallenged by the Nigerian media.”