The group in a statement signed by one Comrade Azizi, rejected the judgement and described it as ‘the height of injustice’ to the region and its people.
“The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) rejects the sentence on our leader (Henry Okah) by Justice Neels Claaseen of the South Guateng High Court,” the statement read.
“Boko Haram has killed more innocent Nigerians than any other militant group in the country and yet their spokesperson was handed a three year sentence.”
Describing the sentence as “the height of injustice to our region and people”, MEND threatened to resist it by all means necessary, warning that while consultations were on-going with some stakeholders and elders of the region and would make their position known later, noted that “the gate of hell has just been let loss (sic)”.
Mr. Okah, a resident of South Africa, was arrested after the 2010 Independence Day bombing denied any involvement in the bombings, claiming the charges against him were politically motivated.