Police deny tanker bombing in Abaji
The police have dismissed claims by the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta that it bombed two fuel-laden tankers in Abaji area of the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday.
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Altienne Daniel, said the claim by MEND was not true, adding that there was no report of any explosion or bombing incident in the area.
The militant group had claimed that it bombed the fuel tankers with military explosives magnetically attached to them by its operatives.
But Daniel said the police had no report of such incident in Abaji.
“I have just spoken with the DPO in charge of Abaji and I can confirm to you that there was no explosion of any fuel tanker in the area; the claim of attack is not true,” she said over the phone.
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps also said the claim was false.
MEND in an email by its spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, said, “Hurricane Exodus’ resumed around 00:05hrs on Saturday, June 15, 2013, when field operatives from the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta stealthily attached portable military limpet explosives magnetically to two articulated tanker vehicles laden with petrol in a queue outside the NNPC depot in Abaji, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The devices were timed to detonate simultaneously several seconds later. The outcome was predictable. This segment of exodus codenamed ‘Operation Touch and Go’ is targeted at the soft underbelly (downstream sector) of the oil industry in Nigeria.
“From today, every tanker vehicle we find distributing petroleum products including propane gas has become a legitimate target in our war against injustice, corruption, despotism and oppression.”
“Drivers of tanker vehicles continue to drive them at their own risk. The public is hereby advised to maintain a safe distance from such vehicles as they can explode anytime and anywhere.”
The group said harassment on tankers would be sustained until its leader, Henry Okah, his brother Charles, and “other innocent persons set up as scapegoats and held over the October 0, 2010 twin car bombings in Abuja are released unconditionally.”