– Calls for Thorough Investigation_
Appalled by the latest report of shooting and killing in Kegbara Dere community, Gokana LGA, of Ogoni, allegedly by men of the Nigerian Army, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, totally condemns such operation and calls on the security agencies to stop reckless killings in Ogoni communities.
MOSOP said it received a report yesterday ( Friday, April 19, 2019), of a military raid in K. Dere Community about noon, which led to the death of a middle-aged man, Nen-elkpege Lezor, and one Lenu Kpegezor, who was shot but still in a hopeless condition.
The natives stated that men of the Nigerian Army came in the company of SPDC pipeline workers and started shooting without any explanation resulting in the sudden death of a young man and other casualties.
In a statement on Saturday by the Acting Publicity Secretary Sunny Zorvah “Even though the Movement is in support of genuine efforts by legitimate authorities and government to fight criminality in Ogoniland and other parts of the State or country, we do not support and will not tolerate unprovoked military onslaught and reckless killings in any Ogoni community or elsewhere.”
MOSOP urged that security actions should be taken with respect of the rights of innocent citizens and that the military or any arm of the security agencies should act within the ambit of the law, especially, according to the rules of engagements.
It added “We call on relevant security agencies, particularly the Police to urgently commence an investigation into the reported military raid and killing in K. Dere Community and ensure that all those behind such destructive and unwarranted operations are brought to book to avert total break down of law and order in the area.
“Most painful about this incident is the issue of the military men coming to the community, providing security to Shell workers but killing our people. This is unacceptable,” MOSOP President, Legborsi Pyagbara, said.