Mend threatens to attack SA investments

2012-04-14 14:54

Lagos - Nigeria's militant group Mend threatened on Saturday to attack South Africa's investments, including telecoms firm MTN, in the Niger Delta, because of the terror trial of its leader in Johannesburg.

"Our decision to attack South African investments in the Niger Delta is directly related to the conduct of President (Jacob) Zuma regarding the continued incarceration in South Africa of Henry Okah," the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in an e-mail statement.

Nigerian national Okah is facing trial in South Africa, where he has permanent residence, on charges that he orchestrated twin car bombings - which killed 12 people in Abuja on October 1, 2010 - from his home in Johannesburg. He has denied the charges.

"What is happening in South Africa is a travesty of justice which must be condemned by all," MEND said, adding that Pretoria was conniving with the Abuja authorities to detain Okah unjustly.

"The South African government is simply being used by the Nigerian government to hold Okah in prison for as long as it possibly can," it said.

Mend, which claimed Friday's attack on a facility operated by Agip, the Nigerian subsidiary of Italy's Eni, said mobile firm MTN would be targeted in its renewed attacks.

"Mend will commence with attacks on MTN South Africa infrastructure in the Niger Delta region," it said, but added that this will be done after pre-attack warnings.

"Concerning attacks on MTN related infrastructure, Mend will issue shortly a set of guidelines to MTN employees, customers and owners of properties accommodating MTN-related communication equipment," it said.

"These guidelines are intended to minimise civilian casualties and forestall the unnecessary destruction of privately-owned properties accommodating MTN equipment," it added.

For several years a Mend-led violent campaign against the oil industry in the southern delta region wreaked havoc with Nigeria's crude output.

A 2009 government amnesty offer for the militants greatly reduced the attacks after more than 25 000 ex-fighters laid down their arms in exchange for payouts and vocational training.

Most of Mend's commanders and their fighters took up the amnesty offer, but Mend spokesperson Jomo Gbomo said the group was never part of the deal.

The group said it was renewing its attacks following the failure of the Nigerian government to meet its demands for the development of the impoverished region.

  • Ndu - 2012-04-14 15:04

    If they do that we must send each and every Nigerian who is in SA back where they come from ,truth is Nigerian govt should protect our business there since they are in his country..........All in all there shouldn't be any relations between us and them....we can't deny the fact that we don't like each other

      Lee - 2012-04-14 15:08

      By your logic, it would then be fair to kick out all business investments out of Nigeria, hey.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-14 15:40

      stupid logic

      smanga.ndlamlenze - 2012-04-14 16:03

      Let the cum we ar waiting for them.

      Xboxs - 2012-04-14 17:46 are waiting were? In your cosy pad in SA.Why don't you go hang out in an MTN office in the Niger Delta if you are so brave.You can't even stand toe to toe with the Nigerians in Hillbrow but you want to take on an armed group? LOL..Don't mistake MEND for khoto wa sizwe,this is not a movie!

      Xboxs - 2012-04-14 17:55

      @NDU ,NDU ,NDU ,NDU ,NDU ,NDU many times did i call your name? You need to go back to school and learn real economics not BEE ecnomics.Maybe be then you will be a able to grasp 0.3895% of the implications of what you are suggesting.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-14 15:11

    A "traversty of justice" is when you blow up innocent people because of your pathetic "cause". Come on Mr Zuma-send ALL nigerians along with their drugs and child prostitution rings etc back to their country! There is no room for leniancy in this matter!!

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-14 15:40

      another stupid comment

      Pule - 2012-04-14 16:05

      HugoMabasa,you just a fool maybe you're Nigerian,why don't you leave our country because you really destroying it.You just a piece of trash when calling other people stupid.

      Lee - 2012-04-14 16:53

      So let's bash all Nigerians because of a militant group? hmmmm. Right let's get killing all Muslims while we are at it. They are all terrorists lol. Sheesh some people.

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-04-14 15:13

    You can not trust anybody, that is 4 sure, not in Africa.

  • Mark - 2012-04-14 15:14

    I have news for MEND - given the state of the South African Police, and government, it's unlikely they even know where your Henry Okah is. Have you checked whether he's not living in Hillbrow? Furthermore the way MTN works here in Africa, you'd probably be doing everyone a favour by blowing it up. Just kidding of course. Considering the number of Nigerians living in SA, your comments regarding civilian casualties is be admired as SAfricans may not be as civil minded. Please do let us know how the infrastructure-bombing goes as we have a little problem with toll roads and have been thinking along similar lines.

      Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-04-14 15:16

      Hahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh Mark!

      Marion - 2012-04-14 15:33


      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-14 15:40

      actually he is in police custody

      Jayson - 2012-04-14 15:51

      Good one Mark.

      bfvillet - 2012-04-14 15:58

      are you threatening to blow up toll roads you silly man if this was america you would have been in orange in guantanamo by now

  • Amos Morwape - 2012-04-14 15:30

    How are you going to make calls because MTN is the only cell phone network opareting in your country? That day would be the day Hillbrow,Berea and Yeovelll would be clean.Idiots

      Amos Morwape - 2012-04-14 17:53

      Hahaha! In your doomed head China,Germany,Australia and whatever has submitted bids and so foolish as you are,you can't even vary between mortality growth and economic growth.stuuuupiiiiid

      Omo - 2012-04-14 18:26 do not even know what you are talking about. Nigeria has 5 GSM providers name Etisalat,Airtel,Zoom,Globacom and MTN.Google is your friend.

      Omo - 2012-04-14 18:29

      I don't know what you are on about but Nigeria has the 3rd fastest growing economy in the world not mortality growth.Do some research and don't let your hatred of Nigerians cloud your judgement.

      jason.hurter - 2012-04-14 20:11

      Omo... don't forget about Starcomms (or has that changed name?)

  • Marion - 2012-04-14 15:36

    So they will attack commercial enterprises, which also benefit their country, and defenseless people for one man? Why didn't they just find another leader?

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-04-14 15:52

    And your brothers and sisters will vacate Jo'burg. They will walk back to Nigeria empty handed.

      Omo - 2012-04-14 18:27

      The brothers you are talking about have no affliation to MEND so what are you on about?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-14 16:02

    Nigeria never cease to amaze me...first they threatened DSTV(same company thats responsible for uplifting their entertainment industry) and MTN(that just invest $1.6 billion dollars this year allone in their country) during the deportation saga and now they are doing it again. Nigeria made it clear that they want to be Africa's top economy by 2020 while they are not investing in I'm starting to think if maybe jeorpadising SA is what they are planning for that to happen. This goes far...Nigerian officials when it comes to SA investments(which benefits them most) never lift a finger just to protect them yet when it comes to chinese investments(which chinese companies bring their foreign nationals to carry out the jobs) they are tops in protecting Abuja has to act or else next when the next xenophobia festival comes SA government should just close their eyes and pretend that nothing is happening...

      Lee - 2012-04-14 17:03

      Some comments amaze me aswell. The same kind of rubbish that comes out of the Movement For The Emancipation Of The Niger Delta. (MEND) may aswell be from J.M. or any other idiot in the ANCYL. MEND are no different in what they want for Nigeria to what the likes of Julius Malema an Co want for the population of S.A. or so thay say. i.e. they want everything for themselves.

      Omo - 2012-04-14 18:24

      The-Azanian .How does MEND represent NIGERIANS? So if AWB threatens to blow up Nigerian businesses in SA,Nigerians must automatically assume that South Africans hate them????

      Omo - 2012-04-14 18:35

      @The-Azanian : "xenphobia festival" really the murder of innocent lives is a festival to you? You have issues and need help urgently.

      jason.hurter - 2012-04-14 20:09

      the-azanian... the SA investments are there to make money and thats it. MTN's investment is not "for the good of the country" its to make more money.. get it? Stop painting all Nigerians with the same brush, ever been there?

  • ErnaJacobs - 2012-04-14 16:52

    If I read the previous reports correctly, he was caught in Jhb after bomb blasts in Nigeria in 2010. Why is he not just repatriated. Just let Nigeria deal with him. Why is he being tried in South Africa??

  • mmoledis - 2012-04-14 18:00

    The time has come for SA government to act, so let see what that Nigerian minister who said they will do their all best to clap down on SA COMPANIES will now do, those are encouraged all by him and what he said and he must remember if SA companies withdraw from Nigeria how many people will lose their jobs and how much revenue will Nigerian government lose? a lot. In SA we all obey the laws of the country and SA is not a banana Republic anyone not obeying the laws of the country will then be punished, weather you got money or not or rebel followers or so.

      Omo - 2012-04-14 18:31

      Sorry Mmoledis but SA is already a banana republic just check out the level of corruption in your Government.

      jason.hurter - 2012-04-14 20:15

      mmoledis... are you reading the same newspapers and living in the same country as I do? You can't be? because everything you state RSA is not, is exactly what RSA is becoming!!

  • Olusunne - 2012-04-15 07:24

    my kudos to SA gov ,if its not the govt nigerian would have been intimedatin by sa people.i also respected sa woman alot to make life comfortable for foreigner in sa.Africa belong to black and have neva hear these hate speech among europeans.

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