The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) can authoritatively confirm that the sum of 20 Million Naira was paid as ransom to the kidnapers of the three (3) abducted Dutch Nationals for their release.
We can also confirm that 3.45 Million Naira was paid as bribes to the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Hilary Okpara and also to the Special Adviser on Security to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Bernard Kenebai.
This bribe, made to the aforementioned, was to hoodwink the Nigerian public and the world in believing the release of the three kidnapped Dutch Nationals, was carried out by a ‘rescue operation’ by the Bayelsa State Police and “facilitated” by a Mr Berry Negrese, the Chairman of the Dodo River Regional Development Area of Bayelsa State, who himself, made the bribe payments.
This desperate action not only showed a confused and embarrassed Government, but also the failure of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
It is rather unfortunate that the shameless Bayelsa State Police Commissioner and the Special Adviser on Security to the Bayelsa State Governor can think they can deceive Nigerians and the world with a phantom rescue operation of the three kidnapped Dutch Nationals and denying the payment of a ransom after being bribed.