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US indictment of Onyema: Council disassociates self from MEND’s support

The Joint Revolutionary Council has disassociated itself from the recent statement from Movement for Emancipation of Nigeria Delta (MEND) that it is in support of the recent US indictment of the chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema.

A statement from the Council and signed by the chairman, Mr. Muhammed Gbafade, Friday said: “We are in the times and generation when most Nigerians of the Niger Delta stock have resolved to liberate the region from the shackles of dominance by political, social and economic bandits who have taken our wealth for themselves.

“Recent happenings within and outside the country indicates that such characters who played a key role in destabilizing Government efforts are at it again. One wonders how MEND, Movement for the emancipation of the Niger Delta under the fictitious hierarchy of a non-existing person falsely parading himself and making comments on the indictment of a US justice department issuing a lackluster press release on a national daily”.

“First of all, the online publication of a newspaper, dated November 27, 2019 is at conflict with its content. It states inter alia: “Air Peace and Barr. Onyema Assets have become legitimate targets for attacks”… The kind of media campaign is archaic and akin to an infantile Machevillan thought pattern aimed at wiping up sentiments to give an impression that some authorities within are in connivance with agencies to surreptitiously seek the downfall of Barr. Allen Onyema and a possible demise of his business that has brought succor to travellers and provided economic benefits for the country and individuals.

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“At this point it is imperative to dispel some of the lies put in public domain by the nonexistent, hater of Nigeria who with his cohorts are masquerading as true bastions of the Niger Delta struggle.

“The alleged padded amnesty list does not hold ground as it is on record how several militants protested non-inclusion after near conclusion of the final list. So where did they get the information of padded list, from their sponsors, perhaps. The enormity and size of the various militant camps was overwhelming, some of them were in excess of 2000-5000 in various camps. The federal Government in its wisdom made sure all were captured to forestall any further protests.”

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