MOVEMENT for the
Survival of the Ogoni
People, MOSOP, has
condemned the “killing
of three youths” of Luebe
community in Ogoniland
on Sunday, November 12
by men of the Nigeria Police
Force.
Its Publicity Secretary,
Fegalo Nsuke, in a statement
yesterday said the group’s
checks revealed that the
youths had attempted
to stop the police from
escorting illegally-mined
petroleum products through
their community en-route
Ndoki in Oyigbo Local
Government Area of Rivers
State.
He noted that the Luebe
killings is regrettable
because the youths rose
against pipeline vandalism
masterminded and
prosecuted by men of the
Nigeria Police.
“They showed that
the crime for which the
government and Shell has
accused Ogoni community
is a crime by a criminal
gang that is enjoying the
protection of the Nigeria
Police. “Ogoni people are
disheartened that the killing of
our people by state security and
the policies of government is
dangerously and increasingly
pointing to a deliberate state–
backed genocide against us.
“We note with regret, the
impunity that characterizes
killings and abuses perpetrated
by security forces against Ogoni
people.
“Very recently, over 35 persons
were killed in Ogoniland in a
military raid preceding the last
re-run elections. The National
Assembly launched a probe into
the incident.
“The report has not been made
public. Last month, precisely on
October 6, Nigerian soldiers shot
at peaceful protesters in Tai, no
one has been held to account for
the shootings nor has Shell, the
company that has sponsored
this shooting, and several others
ever been questioned over its
activities in Ogoniland.
“While we call on the Nigerian
government to properly
investigate and prosecute every
erring officer involved in the
Luebe killings, we demand an end
to the mindless and seemingly
deliberate killing of our people by
security forces.
“We expect security forces to
protect our people and not kill
them. We therefore want to make
clear, our strong disgust against the
impunity that has characterized
human rights abuses by security
men in Ogoniland and demand
an end to this.”

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