Dec 04, 2012

Ogoni: Security Forces Open Fire on Ogoni Community

Unrest at Ebubu Oil field led security forces protecting Shell Oil Company to shoot at protesters and other Eleme community members in Ogoni.

Below is an article published by All Voices:


ARMED security forces protecting the interest of the Anglo-Dutch oil and gas major, Shell, on Friday, opened fire on a protesting Ogoni community in the Rivers State axis of Southern Nigeria. The community, Eleme, was protesting against the presence of some Shell officials at the Ebubu Oilfield. The protest led to a clash with security forces.

AkanimoReports gathered from local sources that the oil company officials had arrived at the Ebubu Oilfield in the morning and began clearing the scene when the youths of the community began the protest. Shortly after the protest began, men of the Joint Task Force, a special security outfit, arrived at the scene forcing the protesters to run for safety.

It was not immediately known how many persons had been captured as a result of the military invasion. The whereabouts of the Coordinator of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, for Eleme Kingdom, Bartholomew Oluji is still unknown as at the time of sending this report.

Eye witnesses say surveillance helicopters belonging to the Nigerian military have been deployed to Eleme and the entire area had been taken over by the military. MOSOP wishes to state that this is part of a grand plan by Shell to cause crisis in Ogoni and force a resumption of oil drilling operations against the wishes of the Ogoni people.