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MEND blows up repaired Chevron’s pipeline

A MEND statement said at about dawn on Friday its fighters revisited the recently repaired Chevron pipeline and destroyed it again. “We have been monitoring…

A MEND statement said at about dawn on Friday its fighters revisited the recently repaired Chevron pipeline and destroyed it again. “We have been monitoring the repair works which involved security of over 200 soldiers and waited patiently until the repair was completed”, Jomo Gbomo, the spokesman of the movement said.

He said this would be MEND’s  mode of operation on any pipeline or facility that was repaired.

MEND’s unexpected belligerence is coming in the wake of federal government’s  granting of amnesty to one of its arrowheads, Henry Okah. According to MEND, “the soldiers left to guard the area cooperated with us and no shots were fired. We see the soldiers posted to the region as victims and will avoid a confrontation except it is absolutely necessary”.

The movement said government and oil companies seem to care more about the flow of oil than the return of displaced persons. “If the government can show the same speed in which it exhibited in repairing the lines as returning the displaced communities, the region will be a better place”, Gbomo emphasized.

It intimated that government’s non-challant attitude to the plight of displaced persons has provoked it to decide that even when talks are on-going there will be no repairs on any destroyed facilities until both parties agree on a common position on the regions future.