The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta(MEND) has thrown it’s weight behind the indictment and prosecution of Airpece boss, Allen Onyema by the United States of America.
The group who had claimed responsibility for series of pipeline bombing and kidnapping of oil expatriates in the Niger Delta areas declared a ceasefire on December 2014.
In a statement by the group recently, they accused Mr Onyema and others of carrying out fraud which shortchanged the region during the amnesty programme declared by the former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
The group said: “Kingsley Kuku, the then Special Adviser on the Niger Delta Amnesty Program, Allen Onyema and Ejiroghene Eghagha are key figures in the monumental fraud which shortchanged the region and insulted those who paid the ultimate price for a better Niger Delta region.
“But there are several others down the chain such as senators and members of the House of Representatives (who received kickbacks, well aware that the budget for the Amnesty Office was heavily padded), as well as ex-militant commanders who knew fully well that the number of militants in the entire region couldn’t have been more than 2,000 and the excess figure of 28,000 put out were ghosts, but conspired to keep silent.
“We know this as a fact and when compared to the number of weapons that were submitted, would it have meant that 28,000 men were fighting with sticks.
“It is a shame and indictment on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission that they had to wait until Allen Onyema, a greedy conflict entrepreneur was exposed by the FBI before speaking out.
“Air Peace and every known asset belonging to Onyema and the fixed assets of every known person involved in duping the Niger Delta region through the amnesty fraud have become legitimate targets for attack.