Ex-rebels meet Jonathan over bombings

2010-10-06 07:35

kalahari.com

  • Goodluck Jonathan
    Goodluck Jonathan features articles containing everything you need to know about the Nigerian... Now R838.00
    buy now
Abuja - Dozens of former militants from the oil rich Niger Delta went to see Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday to say they were not involved in last week's bomb attacks in the capital.

The visit by more than 60 former fighters and some of the commanders of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) came four days after the deadly twin car bombs just a few hundred metres from an independence day parade.

Mens, in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.

"We are not part of the incident on the 1st of October," Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as 'Tompolo', told Jonathan at a meeting that was open to journalists.

"Mend is not involved," said Tompolo, claiming to be a leader of Mend, the most prominent of several groups in Nigeria's southern oil-rich swamps.

Jonathan has blamed the attacks which occurred while the west African country marked its 50th independence anniversary celebrations on "a small terrorist group that resides outside Nigeria that was paid by some people".

"I'm happy that you are here as the actors and leaders of Mend, to tell Nigerians and the rest of the world that it is not Mend that did it," he told the former fighters.

The group, which has been seen as an umbrella organisation for criminal gangs and which police have called "amorphous", had never before struck in the capital and rarely caused such a high number of casualties.

It has carried out scores of attacks in the Niger Delta, the country's main oil-producing region, but an amnesty deal offered by the government last year has greatly reduced the unrest.

Read more on:    mend  |  goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  west africa
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Stikland 18:48 PM
Road name: Strand Road Eastbound

STATIONARY TRUCK before La Belle Road

Montague Gardens 18:07 PM
Road name: Montague Drive

ROADWORKS - lane closures both directions for BRT lane construction - expect delays

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.