Ogonis blast Nigerian Police for alleged killing of youths by policemen escorting stolen petroleum products
- The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP), has blasted the Nigerian Police over the alleged killing of 3 youths in Luebe community of Ogoniland
- The deceased had allegedly been killed while trying to prevent policemen from escorting stolen petroleum products through their community
- MOSOP demanded an end to what it described as the mindless killing of Ogoni people by security forces, and called on the Nigerian government to properly investigate and prosecute every erring officer involved in the unfortunate incident
The Nigerian Police Force has been condemned by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni people (MOSOP), over the alleged killing of three youths in Luebe community on Sunday, November 12, by men of the force.
According to reports, the group made its position known in a statement released by its publicity secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, on Tuesday, November 14.
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NAIJ.com gathers that Nsuke stated that MOSOP discovered that the youths were killed after they tried to stop policemen from escorting illegally mined petroleum products to Ndoki in Oyigbo LGA, Rivers state.
The products were allegedly been transported via their community in Luebe.
Nsuke registered the group’s deep pain over the alleged incident; as he stated that it was regrettable that the youths had been killed while fighting against illegal vandalism.
He stated: “They showed that the crime for which the government and Shell has accused the Ogoni community is a crime by a criminal gang that is enjoying the protection of the Nigeria Police.
“The 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 our people.
“We note with regret, the impunity that characterizes the killings and abuses perpetrated by Nigerian security forces against the 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 her 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 Nigerian security forces.
“We expect the 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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In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) issued the police a 14-day ultimatum over the gruesome murder of an Ogoni man, David Legbara by a policeman, Sergeant James Imhalu.
The group demanded the immediate prosecution of Imhalu and payment of adequate compensation from the police to the family of the deceased within 14 days or they would be forced to protest peacefully and non-violently against the killing.
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