We have confirmed that one person died from gunshot injuries and another two are in critical conditions following yesterday's army raid on the Ogoni community of Bua-Yeghe in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State. The raid had been targeted at a militant who hails from the community.
Reports reaching us from Ogoniland, Nigeria says three civilians have been shot by armed soldiers in a military raid in Bua-Yeghe, Gokana Local Government Area today. At the time of writing, an armored tank had been deployed to the village of Bua-Yeghe where the raid took place and the community has been deserted.
The attention of The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has been drawn to a very disturbing media report credited to the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh and stating that the Ogoni cleanup programme will be secured by ex-militants. Boroh was quoted to have been in touch with Ateke Tom and some un-named stakeholders to ensure adequate security for the cleanup programme.
As the Nigerian government plan to end the current Presidential Amnesty Programme for the rehabilitation of ex-Niger-Delta militants, there is a concluded arrangement to use the ex-militants in the clean up of the Ogoniland, in Rivers State and other Niger Delta region.
The Government of Netherlands on Monday expressed its readiness to support Nigeria in the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Report for the clean-up of Ogoniland in Rivers State. The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, John Groffen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that his government was willing to support the implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s top priorities.
……Urges the warring communities to give peace a chance
The umbrella body of the Ogoni people, MOSOP, has expressed concern at renewed hostilities between Nwebiara and Barako communities in Gokana local government area of Ogoni, Rivers State. It thus called on the warring communities to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance while efforts are being made to find enduring answers to their inter-communal conflict.
Former chairman of the MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators and Chapter Leaders Forum, Frank Jonah says self-acclaimed MOSOP leader Mike Lube-Nwidobie as a distraction. Jonah who was chairman of the Chapter Leaders forum in a chat with Ogoninews yesterday in Bori, Ogoniland insisted that MOSOP and the entire Ogoni people were united to ensure that the cleanup programme was successful.
WILLIE ETIM reports from Port Harcourt that despite President Buhari’s applauded move to implement the UNEP report on the imperative of cleaning up Ogoni after the environmental degradation cause by oil exploration and exploitation, steps that appear to negate the spirit of the agreement on how to go about the exercise are being taken by the self-same government.
Disunity within the oil-polluted communities, hegemony tendency of community’ leaders who lord themselves over their subjects at will, and the use of wrong chemicals by contractors, hired to clean up the oil polluted areas have been identified as factors delaying the remediation/cleanup process introduced by Shell and other International Oil Companies (IOCs) to restore the natural habitats in Ogoniland and other communities in the Niger-Delta region.