PoliticsNews & AnalysisNigeria faces MEND and Boko Haram threat ahead of Independence Day celebration

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Posted on Thursday, 29 September 2011 09:42

Nigeria faces MEND and Boko Haram threat ahead of Independence Day celebration

Nigeria’s 51st Independence Day celebration scheduled to be held at the Eagles Square in the capital city of Abuja has been threatened by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and members of extreme Islamist group Boko Haram.

MEND, in an e-mail statement by its spokesman, Jomo Gbomo, on Wednesday, threatened to blow up Eagle Square.

“On October 1, 2011, The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta intends to place bombs within and in the immediate vicinity of Eagle square, venue of the proposed 2011 independence anniversary celebrations,” the statement read.

“After fifty one years of independence, Nigerians still have nothing to celebrate. The general public is strongly advised to consider this as a first and final warning.

“No additional warnings will be issued subsequent to deployment or detonation of these devices which will be novel in nature.”

MEND claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that destroyed lives and property on October 1, 2010, during Nigeria’s 50th Independence anniversary celebration.

In addition to Independence Day threat posed by MEND is the threat posed by members of Boko Haram.

A security report submitted by the Presidential Committee on Security Challenges in the North-East Zone revealed that suspected Boko Haram members have sneaked into Abuja to carry out suicide bomb attack on a national asset to dent the nation’s 51st Independence anniversary celebrations.



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