The Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Monday, told the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) that its style of breaking pipelines and bombing oil installations is a crude form of agitation and against the region’s yearnings for growth and development. MEND, in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Gbomo Jomo, therefore, asked the NDA to sheathe its swords and embrace the Federal Government’s proposal for dialogue.
In the spirits of the proposed dialogue, Jomo said MEND had raised a seven-member panel for talks with the government and asked NDA to join the table of negotiation to discuss the region’s agitation. Jomo described members of the panel as MEND Aaron Team 2 and identified them as Henry Odein Ajumogobia SAN (Rivers); Bismark Rewane (Delta) Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa (Cross River); Timipa Jenkins Okponipere (Bayelsa); Ibanga Isine (Akwa Ibom); Ledum Mitee (Rivers) and Lawson Omokhodion (Edo State).
Further referring to members of the team as patriotic, selfless men and women of proven track record, integrity and character; Jomo emphasised that the selected persons are not members of MEND.