The whereabouts of one of those arrested during a combined military raid involving the Army in Yeghe, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State remain unknown.
Emerging reports suggest that there is palpable panic in Ogoniland, following an explosion at a Shell facility. According to reports, a trunk line carrying crude oil in the Goi community in the Ogoniland area of Rivers State became engulfed in dark plums of smoke and flames on Monday morning. The trunk is said to be owned by Shell Petroleum Development Company.
A special Nigerian police unit has used hangings, mock executions and other forms of torture to obtain confessions and bribes from criminal suspects and their families, Amnesty International said.
RESOLUTION OF THE MEETING OF MOSOP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HELD AT THE PEACE AND FREEDOM CENTER, BORI ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
A meeting of the Executive Committee of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), held at the Peace and Freedom Center, Bori on Thursday, September 15, 2016. The meeting deliberated on various issues including the purported crisis rocking the MOSOP leadership over UNEP cleanup funds and resolved as follows:
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) is appalled and vehemently condemns in the strongest terms, last Sunday's (18/9/2016) raid on Yeghe, an Ogoni community in Gokana local government area of Rivers State. This incessant military invasion of Ogoni communities particularly Yeghe portrays sinister motives especially when considered against the backdrop that the area was experiencing significant peace.
The Civil Liberties Organization in the South-South has condemned, in the strongest terms possible, the renewed invasion of Yeghe community in Ogoni area of Rivers state by the Nigerian Army and the Police.
It said in a press statement that the invasion took place in the early hours of Sunday September 18, 2016.
Few weeks to the re-run elections for the state and national assembly seats in Ogoniland, five persons were Sunday morning arrested in Yeghe Ogoniland, including a strong loyalist of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. John Sorbarikor Gbarazia.
Also arrested is the wife of John S. Gbarazia, Mrs Gloria Gbarazia. John Gbarazia is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yeghe. The identity of others could not be immediately ascertained as at the time of filling this report. John was reportedly arrested along with his wife while they were asleep in his home.
The action according to investigations was led by the Police and had the backup of the Army. The community is reportedly deserted due to fear,
Community sources say the military came into the community with an armored tank to conduct the arrests. At about 5 am, they shot to scare residents after arresting their targets including a strong loyalist of the PDP. The whereabouts of those arrested remain unknown, sources close to the community said today.
The reason for the arrest is also unknown. Neither the military nor the Police have made a statement on the arrests.
Since February this year, the Yeghe community, a stronghold of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come under severe military raids leading to the death of over 12 persons including children.
………says these enemies of Ogoni will fail
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) while not joining issues with the press, has insisted that the apex Ogoni body is intact and waxing stronger as there no crisis rocking the organisation as peddled by a section of the media and called on the Ogoni people and the general public to discountenance the reports.
The Deputy President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Chief Fortune Okwah Chujor has condemned statement credited to the President of O-E’la-Obor Eleme, Evangelist Jonah Chujor that Eleme is on its own as far as Ogoni cleanup is concerned.