Ogoni threaten bloodshed over oil plans

by OKORO CHINEDU,
LAGOS(CAJ News) – THE tensions characterising the Ogoni people of Nigeria and energy companies could take a tragic dimension following threats by locals to resist the resumption of oil mining in the region.The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) alleged plans by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to re-enter the region,more than two decades after some 2 000 locals were killed as security agencies quelled tensions between inhabitants and Shell.Among the killings was the hanging of activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others.Shell is blamed for the massive pollution in the southeastern region over the years.
“It is ridiculous to imagine that despite repeated warnings and a rejection of this pest-like company, the NPDC continuous its corrupt traits for which it is widely known and want to get the Ogoni oil through the back-door,” said MOSOP spokesperson, Fegalo Nsuke. Nsuke said Nigeria, Shell or the NPDC could be sure “Ogoni will not surrender to this harassment and intimidation.”
“We will all match down to the oil fields to protest this unending abuse and disregard for our rejection of all forms of oil production in Ogoniland for now.”
Nsuke warned of another round of bloodshed was about to take place in Ogoniland as people would resist any form of oil production activity.
MOSOP is also concerned over the implementation of the cleanup exercise despite government pledging commitment to the project.
– CAJ News

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