MOSOP seeks Fubara’s intervention over oil well dispute in Rivers

– Blames conflict on NNPC Ltd.

Mkpoikana Udoma

Port Harcourt — The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has called on Governor Siminalayi Fubara to intervene in an oil well dispute in Ledor community, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State, which allegedly has led to continuous violent attack by suspected gunmen in the area.

SweetCrude Reports gathered that some oil wells in Ledor community in Tai LGA, had been allegedly ceded to Oyigbo Local Government Area by NNPC Ltd, in efforts to activate the wells without the consent of Ogoni people, leading to a protest by the people of Ledor community.

Speaking, the President of MOSOP, Mr Fegalo Nsuke, urged Governor Fubara to arrest the deteriorating security situation in Ledor, protect the people from attacks, and to deploy an immediate security intervention to bring the situation under control.

Nsuke noted that the ongoing conflicts have serious potentials of escalation being ignited by a multinational oil firm, saying that the leadership of Rivers State has a major responsibility to bring the situation under control.

MOSOP further blamed NNPC Ltd for the attacks and called on the Rivers State governor to act quickly and bring the situation under control before it escalates into a larger conflict.

He said, “On Saturday, one Uebari Adoole was shot by the attackers and there is growing concern about the safety of the entire Ledor community” he said.

“So far, at least two persons in Ledor community have been confirmed shot by the gun in the last five days following the violence, and community life has been severely altered with attendant consequences for children, women and others.

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“Mercenaries have been hired to conduct the attacks on our people and preliminary checks indicate that an oil well in Ledor community which is currently in Tai local government area had been allocated to Oyigbo local government area in efforts to activate the well without the consent of the Ogoni people. In response, the Ledor community had protested the nomenclature on the oil well.

“I will call on Governor Siminalayi Fubara, to fulfil his responsibility as governor of Rivers State, to assure the people of Rivers State that he is there to protect them in difficult times like this.

“This conflict started last week after an oil well in Ledor was assessed by some people who claimed to be representatives of the NNPC. The people turned them back on grounds that their claims were not verifiable.

“Two days later, armed youths raided Ledor community, shooting at community dwellers who are predominantly farmers,” MOSOP said.

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