MOSOP Community Leaders Kick Against Oil Resumption in Ogoniland
Community leaders of MOSOP has warned of a possible crackdown on locals and Ogoni activists following an aggressive move by Nigeria's oil major to resume oil production in the area with the backing of Nigerian soldiers. In a statement by Tanee Wilfred Miigbara (Chairman, MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum and Coordinator, Babbe Kingdom),Gideon Amba (Coordinator, Eleme Kingdom),Isaac Lemon ( Coordinator, Gokana Kingdom), Elder Kayone (Coordinator, Ban-Ogoi Special Unit), Friday Nlekawa (Coordinator, Tai kingdom), Israel Sor (Coordinator, Ken Khana Kingdom), Sylvanus Nkinanee (Coordinator, Nyo-Khana Kingdom) and Sylvanus Adamgbo (Coordinator, Bori Special Unit), the MOSOP leaders are asking for immediate withdrawal of Shell/NPDC from the area.
Bellow is the full statement:
The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators' Forum wishes to alert the general public of a planned crackdown and violation of human rights in Ogoniland as Shell and the NPDC backed by Nigerian soldiers begin the laying of pipelines in Ogoni against the wishes of the people.
The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum representing all 6 Ogoni kingdoms and 2 special areas vehemently condemn these actions of the NPDC and Shell and demand immediate withdrawal from the Ogoni territories.
We therefore call on Nigeria's military authorities to avert the impending bloodshed and mindless killing which is the clear intention of this affront.
We understand that killing the Ogoni people is not new to Shell neither does the company use its conscience in dealing with Ogoni issues, however, Shell and the NPDC's forceful entry into Ogoni oilfields remains unacceptable to us as a people.
We further state that we are committed and willing to peacefully and non-violently confront these intruders if they fail to comply with our demand for immediate withdrawal from Ogoniland.
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