MEND targets South Africa's investments in Nigeria

2010-11-01
VANGUARD Newspaper- Emma Nnadozie

Security agencies may have shifted attention to all investments owned by South Africa in Nigeria following intelligence reports that the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, are targeting such investments with a view to registering their protest over the on-going trial of their leader, Henry Okah.

Intelligence reports monitored in Lagos, weekend, revealed that they are likely to target such investments in their efforts to forestall what they tagged South African interest in going ahead with the trial of Henry Okah, and their claims of recovering vital exhibits linking him to Nigeria’s 50th Independence day bomb blast.

Sources told Vanguard that already, both the State Security Service, SSS, the Police and other undercover agencies have intensified efforts at conducting a 24-hourly surveillance of such investments located in all parts of the country.

It was gathered that they are paying special attention to those located at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and Port-Harcourt. The national, state and local security agencies are said to be deeply involved in this exercise.

Already, managers of such investments which comprise primarily, telecommunication outfits, have been put on alert while security has been beefed up in their respective organizations.

According to one of the sources, “The report we got was that some members of MEND have concluded plans to bomb such investments as a way of retaliating over what they perceive as South African facilitation of th e trial of their leader, Henry Okah, and we have placed such investments under strict security surveillance for now.

I assure you that any attempt by MEND or any other terrorist organization to wreak the type of havoc they did during our independence would be stoutly resisted and dealt with because, we are now more than ever prepared to face the challenges ahead. We are also well equipped for the task ahead.”

 

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