Thursday, 10 September 2009

MEND Says Amnesty Program Is A “Charade”
Tue Aug, 11 2009
By Tobi Smith

Nigeria’s main militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has described the ongoing amnesty program as a “charade.”
MEND’s reaction came while dismissing claims by one Prince Joseph Etella Harry as being a factional leader of the group.
“For the second time, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) wishes to dissociate itself from an impostor and fraudster, a self acclaimed Prince Joseph Etella Harry who first claimed to speak for MEND but is now claiming to speak for a faction of MEND controlled by Tompolo over the amnesty issue.
“MEND has no faction and has never interacted with this individual over the amnesty issue.
“Our integrity and reputation is something we will guard jealously at a time when criminals have tainted the amnesty program with bribery and corruption.
“By compromising certain individuals to put up a show aimed at deceiving the public that the amnesty program is on course, MEND is watching the charade from a distance and can predict the outcome.” The statement was signed by Jomo Gbomo.

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