Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Ateke Tom, Boyloaf, Others Dismiss Mend's Bomb Threat

Lagos — Former Niger/Delta warlords including Ateke Tom, Boyloaf (Ebikabowei Ben) aka Boyloaf and Egberipapa (Soboma Jackreece) among other Ijaw leaders have dismissed the purported bomb threat issued by the Movement for Emancipation of Niger/Delta (MEND) saying the personality, "Jomo Gbomo" no longer exists.

The former warlords who converged under the aegis of socio-cultural group, Izon Ikemi also distanced themselves from the bomb threat.

They made their position known in a statement signed by their secretary, Akpos Mezeh and was made available to journalists in Lagos.

According to the ex-warlords, the purported threat issued by MEND's spokesperson is not real as their investigations revealed that he was actually an impostor.

"Our investigations revealed that the purported threat to bomb oil facilities in Niger/Delta was not issued by MEND.

"We therefore warn those who are behind this nefarious act to desist from it as they do not have our blessings," a part of the statement read.

It would be recalled that last week a statement widely circulated in the media allegedly issued by Jomo Gbomo, threatened large scale attacks in Niger/Delta from midnight of Friday, April 5, 2013 in what was code-named "Hurricane Exodus."

The threat was issued a few hours after a South African court sentenced MEND leader, Henry Okah to 24 years imprisonment over the October 1, 2010 Independence Day bombings in Abuja.

The statement said the incarceration of its leader would not affect its activities.

However, another email from MEND, signed by one "Comrade Azizi", claimed that "Jomo Gbomo no longer exists", and that Henry Okah has condemned the earlier mail, and dissociated himself from any planned violence in the Niger Delta or any other part of Nigeria.

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