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Thursday, August 11, 2016


The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers says former President
Goodluck Jonathan formed the Niger Delta Avengers in
2014 during the build-up to the presidential election.
It threatened that should Jonathan deny being the NDA
sponsor, it would reveal more details of their relationship.
According to SaharaReporters , the threat was contained in a
statement by the spokesperson for the RNDA, Cynthia
The group said Jonathan had initially reached out to the
leaders of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta asking them to support his re-election.
Attempts to get the reaction of former President Goodluck
Jonathan were not successful as calls sent to his Media
Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, did not connect. Similarly, an
email sent to him had yet to be responded to as of the time
of filing this report (8:06pm).
RNDA disclosed that when MEND endorsed the then
presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress,
Muhammadu Buhari, Jonathan became infuriated and
called a meeting and then conceived the idea of the Niger
Delta Avengers.
Whyte said following a secret meeting between Jonathan
and several unidentified persons ahead of the Presidential
election campaign of 2015, it was agreed that the Okah
brothers should be contacted to reach out to MEND to
endorse Jonathan and to work with the group of persons to
ensure victory for the Peoples Democratic Party and
MEND was the suggested tool at the time, the spokesperson
said, because the NDA as a body has not been formed.
The statement read in part, “The Special Adviser to the
President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, and Mr.
Gordon Obuah, the Chief Security Officer to President
Jonathan, respectively were selected to visit Charles Okah
in Kuje prison.
“Mr. Daniel Alabrah was given the assignment to draft an
endorsement statement for Charles Okah to go through and
pass on to MEND. According to the account, both men
reported back that they had visited Okah in Kuje prison at
night with the promise of his release along with others
should he cooperate to get MEND to endorse Jonathan.
“It therefore came as a shock when MEND did the opposite
and endorsed Buhari. Jonathan was livid with anger and
swore that the Okahs would rot in prison.”
He said it was also agreed that a show of force be put up in
Yenagoa, where ex-militants led by Government
Ekpemupolo a.k.a. Tompolo and Kingsley Kuku would
threaten war should the electorate vote in Buhari’s favour.
“It was around that period the idea of forming the Niger
Delta Avengers was conceived. In fact, the name ‘Avengers’
came from the lips of Goodluck Jonathan.
“As Election Day approached, certain stakeholders were
mobilised to form a force to standby and ensure total
anarchy in the South-South and the South-East within 24
hours if the election results were not favourable to
Jonathan. It took everyone by surprise to learn that Mr.
Jonathan had conceded defeat even before the final results
were released. The standby force that was supposed to
attack specific targets was told to stand down. They were
all compensated in US dollars cash.”

The group further alleged that the Avengers then decided
that it would be used as a tool to make things difficult for
the Buhari government by vandalising oil facilities and
causing economic hardship.
“MEND was aware of this plot through a spy that could not
be identified, and the group began its campaign to counter
every effort of the NDA and the Biafran agitators to this
day,” the group said.
All those listed by the group, including Tompolo and Kuku,
had in separate statements denied membership or
involvement in the NDA.
A former Head of Media and Communications of the
Presidential Amnesty Office (PAO), Alabrah, also denied
allegations linking him, Kuku and others with the formation
of the Niger Delta Avengers.
Alabrah, who was reacting to Wythe’s allegations that he
purportedly wrote an endorsement letter to Charles Okah to
enable MEND to support Jonathan’s re-election, said rather
than the militant group casting aspersion on innocent
people, it should go ahead and disclose the true identities of
those behind Niger Delta Avengers.
He challenged the spokesperson for the splinter NDA to
also produce the letter he wrote for Charles Okah to sign for
the defunct MEND to support the ambition of the former
Alabrah, a former journalist who spoke on the phone with
one of our correspondents, also dismissed the alleged
prominent role played by his former boss, Kingsley Kuku, in
the formation of the group prior to the 2015 presidential
“These allegations are very laughable. There was no time I
wrote a letter to be endorsed by Charles Okah prior to the
2015 general elections. The way RNDA are going shows
that the same people who run MEND are behind the RNDA.
“If Cynthia Whyte claims I wrote any letter, the group should
produce a copy of the letter. I have never met Charles Okah,
let alone writing an endorsement letter for him in prison. It
has gotten to a point where they (RNDA) if they are actually
splinter group of Avengers to unravel those behind NDA.
“Security forces should ask the new group who are the
members of the Niger Delta Avengers. This blackmailing
game against innocent people won’t work. They should
name those who are members of the Avengers rather than
blackmailing everybody.
“The only meeting I know which Kingsley Kuku attended
with ex-militants was the peace meeting held in Yenagoa,
Bayelsa State. The outcome of that meeting was misquoted
in the media until Governor Seriake Dickson who chaired the
event made clarification to earlier reports.”
Efforts to speak with Paul Benemibo, the spokesperson for
the former MEND leader, Chief Government Ekpemukpolo
alias Tompolo were unsuccessful.
Repeated calls made to his line rang without answering
even at about 9.50pm when this report was being filed

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