Ogoni leaders attack govts over communal crises

Brave Dickson

Leaders from the Ogoni extraction in Rivers State have attributed the incessant communal crises in various communities in the area to the inability of government at all levels to establish more police stations in the area.

This as renewed communal clashes between the Bomu and Lewe communities in Gokana Local Government Area, on Monday, led the destruction of properties.

The leaders, under the aegis of Ken Saro Wiwa Associates through its National Coordinator, Chief Gani Topba said only Khana Local Government Area alone needs three police stations.

His words: “It is unfortunate that we have governments that do not take the security of lives and property as their primary duty.

“How can Khana LGA that is bigger that Obio/Akpor LGA still having one police station. The building of more police stations in the area will increase the number of police personnel in the area which is what the area needs to keep the environment relatively secured”.

Chief Topba, therefore, called on warring communities in the area to desist from fighting each other urging them to work together for the interest of peace and development of the area.

In a related development, the Khana Council boss, Chief Lahteh Lah-Loolo has constituted a nine-man panel to look into the remote causes of Kaani and Sogho communal crisis which claimed many lives with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

The panel which is to be chaired by Barr. Innocent Naador is expected to, “investigate the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

The panel is also required to identify the rate of destruction and casualties particularly those killed in the crisis if any, identify the sponsors, and recommend appropriate measures to end the crisis as well as punitive measures for all those found culpable”.

The council boss also directed the panel to conclude its findings and recommendations within 21 days.

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