MEND destroys oil well in Nigeria
Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta on Sunday claimed responsibility for the destruction of Oil Well 62 belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Ewellesuo, Nembe Local Government of Bayelsa State according to reports by the Punch newspaper.
The militant group said the attack, which occurred on Saturday about 1am, was part of its Operation Hurricane Exodus.
MEND, in an electronic mail by its spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, also announced its readiness to commence fresh hostilities to save Christians from Boko Haram violence.
MEND codenamed the new hostilities, which it said would begin on May 31 and would target mosques and Islamic clerics, as Operation Barbarossa.
Before the militant group claimed responsibility for the oil well damage, the community had raised the alarm over massive oil spillage from well 62. Members of the community reportedly accused SPDC of failing to clamp the spill points to avoid further environmental damage.
MEND, which claimed responsibility for the spill, said it had concluded plans to rescue Christians from Boko Haram insurgency.
The statement said, “On behalf of the hapless Christian population in Nigeria, The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta will from Friday, May 31, 2013, embark on a crusade to save Christianity in Nigeria from annihilation.
“The bombings of mosques, hajj camps, Islamic instututions, large congregations in islamic events and assasinations of clerics that propagate doctrines of hate, will form the core mission of this crusade code named Operation Barbarossa.”
Source: Punch Newspaper