Niger Delta MEND accuses Army of harassment

The defunct, Niger Delta militant
group, Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta
(MEND) has accused the Nigerian
Army of harassment.
MEND also said the military is carrying out
reprisal attacks and destroying the livelihood
of the communities.
The group also called on the military to apply
the rules of engagement as they carry out
their operations in the region.
MEND in a statement issued to newsmen, also
said “Equally of grave concern to MEND is the
disproportionate use of force and the sheer
unimaginable dimension of the ongoing
Nigerian military onslaught in the Niger Delta
region and the attendant collateral damage
done to the political, social and economic lives
of the ordinary people, especially in the Ijaw
communities.
“While we commiserate with the affected
persons, families and communities, we seize
this opportunity to call on the international
community as well as the National Emergency
Management Agency to dispatch relief
materials to the region, as a matter of utmost
priority.
“MEND notes with grave concern the recent
renewed spate of unprovoked and persistent
attacks on Nigeria’s oil installations by the
Niger Delta Avengers; many of whom were
MEND commanders and fighters who jumped
on the Presidential Amnesty gravy train
without knowing why they took up arms in the
first place.
“However, we hereby remind our
communities who harbour criminals such as
members of the NDA that their communities
are not protected by the extant principles of
international and/or municipal law during a
conflict; even as we urge the Nigerian military
high command to stick to the rules of
engagement and international best practices.”
Ex-militants who fought for the Niger Delta
Liberation Force (NDLF), have also called »
on the Niger Delta Avengers to surrender.
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