Nigeria’s main militant group in the Niger Delta, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has claimed responsibility for the fire explosion that occurred at NNPC’s refinery jetty at Okrika, Rivers State on May 18. The fire claimed the lives of seven people and several others suffered severe burns according to reports.
The attack is in line with MEND’s ‘Hurricane Exodus’ according to the group’s spokesperson Jomo Gbomo. He also said the attack, intended to bring down the entire refining facility at the jetty, was made possible by the infiltration of the facility by some MEND fighters, aided by some internal agents within NNPC.
“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.
“Thorough investigations will reveal bomb fragments are the same used in the Warri Refinery explosion of Tuesday, 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 program.
“The entire amnesty process is a fraud on the people of Nigeria, who are being promised peace in the Niger Delta in the absence of justice. Hurricane Exodus is still on course,” Gbomo said.