Some unknown hooligans on Monday attacked a stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Tai Local Government Area causing great panic over the safety of INEC election materials which may have been brought to the venue of the meeting.
Fresh crises has emerged in Ogoniland between residents in Bomu, an oil bearing community in Gokana Local Government Area. The latest conflict has left at least 3 persons dead. The conflict is said to have been caused by a disagreement over an oil spill compensation payment.
Twenty-five Right Livelihoods Awards (RLA) laureates from the Regional Conference of Asia-Pacific RLA based in Mumbai, India have petitioned the Federal Government about its abject neglect of the restoration of Ognoniland environment, demanding that the government must declare it an ecological disaster zone and urgently clean up the environment.
The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over allegations of sharp practices in the divestment of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 11 by the Anglo-Dutch oil multinational.
The traditional rulers of Onne community and Bodo community in Eleme and Gokhana local government areas, respectively have endorse the candidature of All Progressives Congress (APC) Dakuku Peterside for the governorship of Rivers State in the April 11 elections. The traditional ruler in Onne has also described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as enemy of the people of Eleme.
Belema Oil, the new oil company that wants to assume the position of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Ogoni land had been enjoying the support of some individuals and groups in the area. But seem that the company may witness a hitch from Ogoni Youth Foundation which has refused to endorse the company’s interest to take over from SPDC in Ogoni land.
Oil once flowed in Ogoniland, as it does from wells throughout the creeks and swamps of Nigeria's Niger Delta region. But in 1993, the Ogoni people said enough. Leaking pipelines were polluting the fields they farmed and the waterways they fished.
The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators and Chapter Leaders Forum says it has uncovered a plan by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria to use the Belema Oil Producing Nigeria Limited to execute an already laid down plain to encourage conflicts in Ogoni to pave way for the resumption of oil operations.
In a bid to fully commence oil operations in Ogoni land, the people have demanded 10-15 per cent equity and not profit sharing. The Coordinator of Ogonis Elites and Elders, Dr. Eddie Wikina, speaking with our reporter Friday in Port Harcourt, said equity based arrangement was the best way to follow in the matter.