- The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People expresses its grievance over the intimidating presence of soldiers in its land
- The group demands for a probe into the rather disturbing issue
- The director of operations of RoboMichael, Festus Uchenna, rejects the group's claim as misconception
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) recently kicked against the alleged coercive occupation of its secretariat in Bori, Khana local government area of Rivers state by an oil film, RoboMichael, and the Nigerian army.
MOSOP’s publicity secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, noted on Thursday, December 28, that two military tanks and 10 trucks loaded with heavily armed soldiers took over the secretariat of its group.
Nsuke stated: “MOSOP strongly condemns RoboMichael Limited and the Nigerian army over yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) forceful occupation of its secretariat in Bori, Ogoniland.
“At about 1pm yesterday (Wednesday), December 27, 2017, two military tanks and about 10 trucks loaded with heavily armed soldiers took over the secretariat of MOSOP forcing their way into the main hall to provide backing for a meeting between RoboMichael and some Ogoni chiefs.
“We are shocked that RoboMichael, who claims to be the new operator of the Ogoni oilfields, on its first visit to Ogoniland, could only convey such a frightening and intimidating character reminiscent of the brutal years of General Sani Abacha.”
MOSOP has asked for a probe into the case. However, the director of operations of RoboMichael, Festus Uchenna, refuted MOSOP’s allegation.
In reaction, he said the management of RoboMichael was only followed in and out of Ogoniland by security operatives.
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He said: “There was nothing like invasion as MOSOP has claimed. What happened was that the company used security based on the volatile nature of the region.
“They (traditional rulers) called us to come and explain to the people what we have for them. We got some threats; so, we went with security.
“The youths, chiefs, women, elders numbering over 1,500 were present at the venue. So, how will the military break in? I must place on record that the military has been professional in their duties. They only escorted us in and out of the place.”
Previously, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian police force has been condemned by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP), over the alleged killing of three youths in Luebe community on Sunday, November 12, by men of the force.
According to reports, the group made its position known in a statement released by its publicity secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, on Tuesday, November 14.
From reports gathered, Nsuke stated that MOSOP discovered that the youths were killed after they tried to stop policemen from escorting illegally mined petroleum products to Ndoki in Oyigbo LGA, Rivers state. The products were allegedly transported via their community in Luebe.
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