About 1730 Hrs on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, the Nigerian military still seething with anger from the humiliating defeat of the 6-day oil war, launched an unprovoked air assault on the camps of the Niger Delta Patriotic Force (NDPF) and Niger Delta Vigilante (NDV) in an attempt to destabilize the on-going ceasefire.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) condemns this cowardly act and will not play into the hands of the military by retaliating and putting the peace process in jeopardy at this time.
It is a well known fact that the Joint Task "Fraud" (JTF) is desperate to showcase its relevance as they will be quickly out of business in an atmosphere of peace.
Like their cousins the Nigeria police who stage spates of robberies whenever there is a public outcry for the removal of check points on the road, the military stages such attacks to hoodwink the state governors for additional funding.
We also suspect that a peaceful Niger Delta is not beneficial to a section of the country who may want to alter the Constitution again in the event that the president may resign due to his ailing health.
Tropical Storm Vigilant, our heightened state of alert is still on course and the military and oil companies will soon be hearing from us at the appropriate time.
MEND can not vouch for the actions this group may take. We will however use this medium to notify the public on developments as they unfold.