The apex socio-cultural organisation of the Ogoni people, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has condemned in strong terms, the reported violence unleashed on Akpako in Onne in Eleme local government area occasioning arson and killing of some Ogonis and non-indigenes yesterday. MOSOP has thus called on the police high command to effect a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the incident as well as ensure adequate security for the people.
Reacting to the report, the President of MOSOP, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara said today in Abuja:
“It is saddening and unfortunate that Ogoni is in the news again for the wrong reason especially at this time that peace was gradually coming into area. Violence remains an ill wind that blows no one any good hence the resort to dialogue in settling disputes remains the ideal option”.
“The right to life is an inalienable right protected by the Nigerian constitution (as amended) and other international instruments. No matter the degree of whatever may have been the grievance, the perpetrators had no right to have taken the lives of the victims”.
“Whilst we sympathise with the families of the deceased, and pray God to give them the fortitude to bear the irreversible loss, we call on the people to be calm and resist all temptations to take laws into their hands as efforts are being made to amicably resolve the conflicting issues”.
Special Advisor to the MOSOP President on Media
20 June, 2017