Oct. 18, 2013
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) says the abductors of a sister of Mr. Oronto Douglas, Special Advisor to President Goodluck Jonathan on Research and Strategy, want to use the kidnap to make a political statement in addition to seeking a ransom.
In a statement today, MEND said the gang, with which it made ‘accidental contact,’ expressed their disgust of the ostentation they witnessed during the burial of Oronto’s father in December last year, which included the abuse of military helicopters which were used as a social shuttle service to ferry guests when such could have been put to better use.
It would be recalled that Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State and former National Security Adviser Andrew Owoye Azazi died when one of those helicopters crashed in Bayelsa State during the lavish ceremony.
MEND noted that this announcement is as far as it will go in the matter.
“As we do not wish to be dragged into playing the role of an intermediary with kidnapers, we have declined their request to get involved based on principles.
“We however appealed to them to release the victim who was last seen looking well but harassed unharmed at the earliest.”