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Vanguard (Nigeria): Militant groups disagree on bombing of Shell pipeline

Written by Emma Amaize    
Thursday, 22 November 2007 

TWO militants group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta (MEND) and the Niger Delta Coastal Forces (NDCF) are now claiming responsibility for the recent bombing of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SDPC) crude oil delivery pipeline to the Forcados Terminal in Delta state, raising doubts as to the intent of the groups. MEND was the first to claim responsibility in an online statement, signed by Jomo Gbomo while the NCDF came up with its own claim on Tuesday in a statement by its Commander Amawei Cubral, adding that the strike was a warning to the President Umar Yar’Adua that his ongoing military partnership with the United States to further destroy the Niger Delta people in the guise of fighting criminality would be resisted.

Asserting that only implementation of the agreement of the Federal Government with the Ijaw can bring peace, the NDCF warned  militant groups against utterances that would jeopardize the struggle for justice in the creeks of the Niger Delta.

The group also frowned at the supposed re-organization plans of the SPDC, which it suspects to be a plot to scheme out Ijaws and Niger Deltans from the few sensitive positions they were occupying.

“We warn the Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities (FNDIC) and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) not to be used by politicians to make silly utterances that will jeopardize the aims of the struggle. We advise FNDIC and MEND to respect other Ijaw sons and daughters in the struggle to achieve the overall purpose of the struggle”. and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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