The Ogoni Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, COTRA, has debunked the rumour of the death of the paramount ruler of Yeghe but stated that the whereabouts of the abducted monarch was uncetain. Chief Barinaadaa T.D. Gbaranee was last Monday abducted by men of the Nigerian Army in Bori and was rumuored to have slumbed and died on Saturday last week.
The Hydro Carbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), an agency under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, has been tasked to thoroughly clean-up the Ogoni oil spill to global standards and expectations. A former Commissioner of Health in Rivers State, Dr. Sampson Parker, who gave this charged said that the job should be done in the interest of the general well-being of Ogoni indigenes.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) have called on the people of Kabnyor and Luawii communities to embrace peace and seize further hostilities. President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara made the call yesterday during a meeting with leaders and stakeholders from the community in Bori. The meeting which held at the instance of the Bori Police Area Commander was to chat a way forward for the return of peace to the troubled communities.
A civil society organisation, Albert Badey Centre for Development (ABCD) has commended the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) for recognising four Ogoni leaders who were murdered 22 years ago as heroes who died while seeking for peace in the area.
Unconfirmed report by OrientalTimes has revealed that “there is palpable discomfort at Bori the headquarters of Ogoniland as news filtered in the air of the death of the Paramount ruler of Yeghe, H.R.H Barinaadaa T.D. Gbaranee who had been in the custody of the Nigerian Army following his arrest on Monday, May 23, 2016. He has neither been charged nor has there been any clear and concrete reason provided for his arrest.
The Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers wishes to repeat its call on the Nigeria Authorities to release abducted traditional ruler and the chief of Yeghe community, Barinaadaa T.D. Gbaranee who was forcefully taken from Bori on Monday May 23, 2016 on his way back to his village.
The National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP) and youth wing of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has condemned the abduction of the paramount ruler of Yeghe community, Chief Barinaadaa T.D. Gbaranee by men of the Nigerian Amy. President of NYCOP Dr. Young Nkpah made the condemnation in a statement in Port Harcourt.
Thousands of pupils and students of primary schools and Bua yeghe community secondary school in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State are now on the streets calling on the military hierarchy to immediately release their monarch, HRH Barinaadaa T.D. Gbaranee who was whisked away by men of the Nigerian Army stationed in Bori.
The Nigerian Army this evening cleared the air on the whereabouts of HRH Barinadaa TD Gbaranee, the Paramount ruler of Yeghe Community of Ogoniland, Rivers State. As earlier reported by News Express, Ogoni traditional rulers under the aegis of Chairman, Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers (COTRA) this morning accused the Nigerian Army of abducting HRH Gbaranee and demanded his immediate release, declaring the act an abomination. The demand came via a statement signed by COTRA Chairman, HRH King Suanu T.Y. Baridam and made available to News Express.