Niger Delta militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation and the Defense of the Niger Delta (MEND), has reacted to a threat by a Fulani group that sent a threatening jihadist attacks in Asaba and Agbor if the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, fail to withdraw his support for a ban on open grazing by Southern Governors Forum, saying it would return fire for fire if they go ahead with the threat.
The Fulani group had, in a letter dated June 13 and pasted in strategic locations in Asaba, the state capital, said it would attack the state capital and some communities in Agbor, where Okowa comes from, if he failed to rescind his position within 72 hours.
Reacting to the threat in a statement on Monday signed by one Dragon War, MEND warned the group of dire consequences if they carry out their threat.
The statement reads: “We will respond proportionately ten times whatever you give, the corresponding response will not be limited to the Delta, it may be with your politicians or with your rulers.
“We will launch three rocket launchers and ballistic missiles at any facility of our choice as a warning in seven days if you make bold your threats.
“We don’t make cheap our threats.
“We have shutdown the country and we can, at any time, shut you down.
“We are the Niger Delta, We stand for the interest of the Niger Delta and we will not allow any cowards threaten us. We fight without running.