From the statement read, "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."
"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.