Following the alleged threat to carry out massive attack in Asaba as well as the country home of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State by Fulani jihadists, the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), has swiftly replied them, informing them that should they make good their threat, “no Fulani will ever exist across the Niger Delta and all oil facilities linked to a Fulani will be brought down”.
In a statement issued in Asaba and made available to our Reporter, MEND informed of their preparedness to use tit for tat approach in their swift reply them.
This coming as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Group has dissociated itself from the threat issued by the Fulani jihadists. Addressing journalists in Abraka near Asaba, leaders of Fulani in the state stated that they have lived in the state for decades and therefore should not be part of the any move to cause mayhem in Delta.
Their briefing was titled; “Our Hand No Dey” and the Fulani leaders used the opportunity to condemn the threat letter.
Meanwhile, the MEND message reads: “Planned Attack On Gov. Okowa By The Fulani’s: MEND, Replies, Says If One Soul Is Lost In Niger Delta, We Will Kill All Your Politicians And Launch Ballistic Missiles And Rocket Launchers Across Facilities In Your Region.
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RESPONSE TO THE FULANI THREAT TO OKOWA ON OPEN GRAZING BAN BY THE SOUTHERN GOVERNORS.
“The attention of “The Movement for the Emancipation and the Defence of the Niger Delta” has been brought to the threat of some Fulani terrorists who have given a 3 days warning to the Governor of Delta State because of his support for the ban of open grazing across the Southern State.
“We also saw your taking responsibility for an explosion at the Secretariat in Asaba. We are warning that if your threat is made to come to fulfillment, No Fulani will ever exist across the Niger Delta and all oil facilities linked to a Fulani will be brought down. If one soul is lost, Ten Fulani souls will pay for it. If one Facility is destroyed, Ten Fulani facilities will be destroyed.
“We will respond proportionately ten times whatever you give, the corresponding response will not be limited to the Delta, It may be with your politicians or with your rulers. We will launch three rocket launchers and ballistic missiles at any facility of our choice as a warning in seven days if you make bold your threats. We don’t make cheap our threats.
“We have shutdown the country and we can at anytime shut you down. We are the Niger Delta, We stand for the interest of the Niger Delta and we will not allow any coward threaten us. We fight without running. Be warned.
“Dragon War, MEND”.
In a similar development, Igbo leaders in Delta State have thrown their weight in support of Governor Okowa over his stance on Open Grazing ban. They, on Monday, expressed unwavering support for the Delta governor over the ban on open grazing across the state just as they warned the Fulani jihadists threatening anarchy in the State over the ban to retrace their steps and embrace peace.
The Eze Ndigbo in Delta Central and Southern Districts, Sir Peter Chukwu, who made the assertions while speaking with journalists as he led a delegation of the Igbo community to the Olu of Warri Palace to pay a condolence visit to the Itsekiris over the transition of the immediate past Olu, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, asserted that “all the Southern Governors did as related to the ban on open grazing were constitutional”.
He advised that “whoever felt agitated should approach the court of law to seek redress rather than engaging in self help or anarchy”. He also urged the President, Major-General Muhammad Buhari (rtd.) to be more statesmen in his utterances in the face of the raging insecurity in Nigeria “so as not to aggravate tension or give negative signals to his Fulani kinsmen”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.