Killings in Ogoni land, especially in Khana Local Government area have been attributed to supremacy tussle, cultism, and armed banditry among others.
This was revealed by Chief Baridam and other stakeholders on Monday, April 22, 2019 during a multi-stakeholders’ meeting under the auspices of the Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers of Ogoni “to discuss security and other important issues affecting Ogoni as an ethnic nationality”.
His Royal Highness, Mene Suanu Baridam said, “traditional rulers have not failed in their responsibility to ensure peace in their domains as being insinuated by some speakers but “what we have is followership failures”.
Chief Baridam tasked stakeholders to find out why the killings in Ogoniland is concentrated in Khana local government area. He said that “who wants to take control” of the local government area such that supremacy is being demonstrated leading to the killings.
Speaking on behalf of the Bari-ara Kpalap-led Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Chief Prince Biira advocated for committees to be set up to handle issues bordering on reconciliation, working with traditional rulers to achieve peace in their domain.
In his speech, Chief Bebe Okpabi decried divisions among Ogoni leaders, and warned against commercial activism in Ogoniland. He thereby called for unity and respect for traditional institutions so as to enable them perform their roles as traditional leaders effectively.
The stakeholders at the end of the meeting resolved among others to issue a two weeks ultimatum from the date of the conference, to cultists and other armed group all over Ogoniland to disarm.
The statement that was widely circulated and received by the Informavores said “The stakeholders resolved among many others that two weeks from the date of conference, those who are cultists and perpetrating violence and killings all over Ogoniland should submit their fire arms to their traditional rulers for onward submit to security operatives and failure to do so, the person or group of persons would be declared persona non-grata in Ogoniland.”
Resolution also include setting up committees to address issues among the Ogoni people such as forming a joint task force that would police Ogoniland and ensure that there is peace and security in the area, sending a high-powered delegation to the Federal Government and the Police high authorities on security in Ogoniland, and for the need to establish more Police Stations in Ogoniland, especially in Khana local government area that has just one Police.
The meeting is expected to be a continuous process to assess the progress and challenges for a way forward in Ogoniland till a holistic peace and security returns.
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