Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has threatened to detonate another bomb in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja to prove it was indeed responsible for the blast that ruined the country's 50th independence anniversary 1 October, 2010.
In an online statement, the group also accused the South African government of bias for prosecuting its leader, Henry Okah, over the Abuja blast that left 10 dead and 36 injured.
“Since the court in South Africa has turned into a kangaroo one that is scandalously biased, and both governments are bent on blaming innocent persons on ridiculous insinuations and unrelated evidence, we have decided to carry out another attack in Abuja without altering our mode of operation to prove the suspects' innocence.
“As usual, we will give a thirty minutes advance warning to avoid civilian casualties then sit back and watch how the blame game will be played out on all those already falsely accused,” the statement said.
The militant group accused the South African government of playing “an obviously partial role over the Independence Day bombing in its handling of the Henry Okah angle because the Nigerian government has threatened to nationalise the South Africa communication giant, MTN, if the country does not follow a devious script.
” It also accused the Nigerian government of intimidating opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan in the aftermath of the 1 October blast, listing media mogul Raymond Dokpesi and Okah among those who have been unjustly accused.
MEND restated its claim to 1 October blast, which it called “a symbolic attack”.
President Jonathan has absolved MEND of any responsibility in the attack, triggering massive criticisms from his opponents.