The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has described the threat by an unknown militant group to bomb Lagos judges and their relatives as empty.
It described the group, which claims to be MEND, as imposters that should not be taken seriously.
In an online statement yesterday by its spokesperson, MEND declared that none of its members goes by the name of ‘Commander Wilberforce’.
It said: “MEND wishes to dissociate itself from an impostor and self-acclaimed ‘Commander’ of MEND, going by the name of ‘Commander Wilberforce’, who claimed to speak for MEND, by issuing threat of possible attacks on Lagos judges.
“This threat was circulated in some sections of the media on Friday, 12 September, 2014.
“As far as we know, this person (‘Commander Wilberforce’) does not exist and there is no collaboration of any sort with this imaginary individual, as claimed in the misleading statement.
“MEND strongly urges the media to disregard any such statement, as it did not emanate from MEND.
“The MEND has not and will never threaten any judicial institution, for carrying out its duties”.
In the threat letter, ‘Commander Wilberforce’ accused some of the judges of the Lagos High Court of not signing letters of administration for ‘MEND’s late members’ estates.
The judicial officers were given 12 days to issue the letters or be bombed along with their relatives.