Nigeria: Ogoni rights body condemns military invasion

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) condemns the invasion on 23 February 2016 of Ogoni communities by the Nigerian military and demand withdrawal of government forces.

According to MOSOP the army attacked Bori, shooting indiscriminately and advancing into adjoining communities including Zaakpon. The shooting resulted into loss of civilian lives, injuring some and paralyzed work in the Ogoni capital.

The soldiers had on February 22 violently invaded Yeghe community in Gokana local government area of Ogoni, Rivers State occasioning the killing of three people.

Similarly, the military aided by one notorious Isaac Obe had raided Alode in Eleme local government area on 19 February 2016 tortured and arrested victims, destroyed property.

'We consider as extremely disappointing and unfortunate these unprovoked military violence against our people, which betrays repressively sinister motive and reminiscent of our sad past,' said MOSOP's Publicist, Fegalo Nsuke adding, 'we find it difficult to rationalise the wisdom in this military campaign, cruelly motivated by hidden and evil intent. No matter what may be adduced to have informed this appalling military approach, violence in our view, cannot provide the necessary solution to civil issues but dialogue.'

The Ogoni rights body has urged the military to remain independent and professionalism and resist being used by politicians to commit human rights violations.

MOSOP said the military actions of the government can easily be misconstrued as a campaign aimed at creating an atmosphere to frustrate the planned Ogoni environmental remediation and restoration project billed to commence in the first quarter of this year.

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Date: 07/03/2016




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