Ogoni elites are being serially killed since the rerun election that failed in the area, and this has brought distress to the apex organisation of the Ogoni people, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).
The body says it has been outraged at, and has condemned the unabated killing of their sung and unsung nationals by unknown assailants and warned the perpetrators of these gruesome, cold-blooded murders to stop forthwith.
MOSOP called on the security outfits to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the culprits with a view to bringing them to account for the heinous crime.
MOSOP said: “Between March and today, Ogoni has recorded several needless killing of innocent citizens including Lekie Giagbara, a chartered accountant, Vincent Eebe, doctorate degree holder lecturer and an outstanding linguist, Dan Gbesi, Charles Atukor, John Igbara and Barineka Itaagha.”
Reacting to the killing spree in their land, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, president of MOSOP, said in Port Harcourt: “The continuous spilling of innocent blood in Ogoni is not only worrisome but absolutely unacceptable, condemnable and the perpetrators and the masterminds must be brought to book immediately. No matter what may be adduced as the reason for the murders, no man or woman has any right to deprive anybody of his/her inalienable right to life. It is undeniable that the killing of victims violated this right, which is protected by our laws and international instruments.”
He went on: “It is regrettably unfortunate that some callous people are attempting to undermine peace, generate fear in the area and send wrong signals to government and the general public. This is in an attempt, we’re aware, to frustrate the implementation of the Ogoni environmental remediation and restoration exercise, which launch has been scheduled for 2 June 2016.
“Reports available to MOSOP reveal that some external interests uncomfortable that the environmental rejuvenation project would start in Ogoni have infiltrated and manipulated those that have disappointedly mortgaged their conscience to cause trouble in the region to create an unconducive atmosphere that would convince government that Ogoni is unsafe and thus postpone the take-off of the exercise.”
MOSOP called on the security agents to wake up and do the needful, saying, “We are also calling on all those involved in the killings, violence and dastardly acts to have a rethink and give peace a chance. We are as well calling on all Ogonis to come together and work concertedly to salvage the Ogoni situation.”
The body said it was Ogoni that was being killed, no matter the side that did the killing. “It is a shame that up till now some people have been unable to come to terms with our disadvantaged circumstances largely inflicted on us. And rather than work with the rest of our people in the effort to redeem Ogoni, they have sustained a retarding movement to the Egypt of subservience and blood-letting. Let it be known that societies that have stayed this way have never survived.”
Legborsi angrily said: “Without prejudice, the deteriorating state of things in Ogoni, especially the killings is a depressing function of deepening security lapses in the state. We call on security agents to act proactively and increase intelligence gathering and surveillance in the area, which have largely remained reactive.”
He disclosed that MOSOP had launched consultation across Ogoniland with a view to ensuring an enduring resolution of the shameful and despicable developments.